HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced awards totaling $27.8 million to health center-controlled networks and large multi-site health centers to implement electronic health records (EHR) and other health information technology (HIT) innovations. The funds are part of the $2 billion allotted to HHS’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) to expand health care services to low-income and uninsured individuals throughout the health center program.
“The increased use of health information technology is a key focus of reform efforts because it will help to improve the safety and quality of health care generally while also cutting waste out of the system,” said Secretary Sebelius.
“These funds to expand and upgrade electronic health records systems will make a huge difference for health centers struggling to provide health care to the growing number of people in need,” said HRSA Administrator Mary Wakefield, Ph.D., R.N.
MPCA is proud to be the recipient of $$1,863,409 in funding as part of the Electronic Health Record Implimentation Initiative Grant! You can read the HHS Press Release and see a complete list of recipients here. Stay tuned to the MPCA blog for more information on this initiative in Michigan!