Health Resources and Services Administration
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Affordable Care Act helps expand the use of health information technology
New resources to support 37 Health Center Networks across the U.S.
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced new grants today that will improve the quality of care at community health centers through implementation and adoption of health information technology (HIT). The grants, totaling more than $18 million in Affordable Care Act funds, will support 37 health center networks made up of health centers across the country.
“Effective use of technology and data can improve the quality of care and make our health care system more efficient,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
Health Center Network grants will support the adoption and meaningful use of certified electronic health record technology and technology-enabled quality-improvement strategies in health centers. The networks, comprised of at least 10 collaborating health center organizations, are designed to promote enhanced sharing of information and expertise, to address key operational and clinical needs through greater program integration.
“These investments will advance the adoption and implementation of health information technology in more than 600 health centers throughout the U.S.,” said HRSA Administrator Mary K. Wakefield, Ph.D., R.N.
The Health Resources and Services Administration is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. HRSA is the primary Federal agency responsible for improving access to health care services for people who are uninsured, isolated, or medically vulnerable. For more information about HRSA and its programs, visit www.hrsa.gov.