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. A total of $3 million in Affordable Care Act funds will support six health center networks that reach more than 100 health centers nationwide. These grants are in addition to the $18 million awarded to 37 health center networks 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.
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 and to address key operational and clinical needs.
A list of grantees receiving Health Center Networks funding follows:
|Community Health Centers Alliance, Inc.||St. Petersburg|
|Georgia Association for Primary Health Care, Inc. (GAPHC)||Decatur|
|Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers, Inc.||Boston|
|North Carolina Community Health Center Association||Raleigh|
|Health Center Network of New York, Inc.||New York|
|Public Health Management Corporation||Philadelphia|
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.