The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is seeking applicants for about 100 grants to support the use of health information technology to improve patient safety and quality of care. A large portion of the $41 million grant program is aimed at funding projects in small and rural communities. Up to $24 million of the total money will go toward grants to implement IT projects, with an emphasis on community partnerships. Letters of intent to apply are due Feb. 22, 2004. Some $7 million will fund planning projects to provide the resources organizations and communities need to develop health IT infrastructure and compete for future implementation grants. Letters of intent are due March 22, 2004. A third request for applicants offers $10 million in grants to demonstrate the value of adopting and using healthcare IT. Letters of intent are again due March 22. More information is available in the AHRQ news release. -- by John Morrissey
$41 million AHRQ grant program to fund health IT
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