HHS awarded $139 million in grants to providers, research organizations and state and local agencies to develop and adopt healthcare information technologies, including electronic health records. First-year funding was set at about $50 million, with much of the funds earmarked for rural initiatives. Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, received $5 million to build an infrastructure for a statewide health surveillance network. As part of the grant program, five states will participate in a five-year, $25 million project to develop state and regional health information networks. "I view these awards as a building block to advance the adoption of electronic health records," said David Brailer, the nation's coordinator for health information technology. Read a complete list of grant recipients. -- by Jeff Tieman
HHS awards $139 million for health IT projects
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