Health Information Management

White House announces $1.2 billion available in EHR grants

HIM-HIPAA Insider, September 1, 2009

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Hospitals and other healthcare providers can tap into $1.2 billion in grants to assist in becoming meaningful users of EHRs thanks to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. Vice President Joe Biden announced the news in an August 20 White House press release.

The grants include $598 million to establish an estimated 70 regional centers to help primary care providers achieve meaningful use of certified EHRs, and $564 million to help states exchange electronic health information through the meaningful use of EHRs.

"With these programs, we begin the process of creating a national, private and secure electronic health information system. The grants are designed to help doctors and hospitals acquire electronic health records and use them in meaningful ways to improve the health of patients and reduce waste and inefficiency," said Dr. David Blumenthal, MD, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology in the press release. "They will also help states lead the way in creating the infrastructure for health information exchange, which enables information to follow patients within and across communities, wherever the information is needed to help doctors and patients make the best decisions about medical care."

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