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HRSA to distribute grants for health information technology adoption

The Health Resources and Services Administration is releasing $3 million in grants to further health IT.

On Aug. 1, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced grants of $3 million to help community health centers with the adoption of health information technology. These funds come in addition to the previous grants totaling $18 million, provided to 37 health centers in December 2012.

"Today's investments help advance critical health information technology adoption in more than 100 health centers throughout the U.S. and provide patients access to higher-quality health care," said HRSA administrator Mary K. Wakefield, Ph.D., R.N.

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Facilities in six states have received funds thus far. With this money, health centers are able to support numerous technology initiatives relating to the sharing of information, as well as clinical and operational needs. Grants such as these have been essential to many community health centers. In its annual report, the North Carolina Community Health Center Association disclosed that federal grants from 2011 and 2012 comprised 61% of their total revenue in those years.

The grants provide valuable financial support to rural health centers and allow them to achieve different health IT initiatives necessary to become a more connected health organization. But every federally qualified health center needs to take care to ensure that its business model is sustainable, in case funding shrinks.

About the author:
Reda Chouffani is vice president of development with Biz Technology Solutions Inc., which provides software design, development and deployment services for the healthcare industry. Let us know what you think about the story; email or contact @SearchHealthIT on Twitter.

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