Health Information Management

HHS announces SHARP health IT program, funding

HIM-HIPAA Insider, January 5, 2010

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HHS is making $60 million available to support the development of Strategic Health IT Advanced Research Projects (SHARP), according to a December 18 HHS press release.
The program will focus on projects researching “critical areas where breakthrough advances are needed to address existing barriers to the adoption and meaningful use of health information technology,” according to the press release. Those areas include:
  • Security of health IT
  • Patient-centered cognitive support
  • Healthcare application and network platform architectures
  • Secondary use of EHR data
The funding is part of a series of grants that aim to strengthen and support the use of health IT to improve the quality and efficiency of healthcare, and are authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and HITECH provisions.
“The SHARP program will bring together some of the best and brightest minds in the nation to find breakthrough solutions and innovations that will eliminate barriers to adoption and, over time, increase the meaningful use of health IT to improve the health and care of all Americans,” David Blumenthal, MD, HHS National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, said in the press release.
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