A coalition promoting e-technology in the region's healthcare industry is applying for state funding that could speed an electronic health record for western New York.
The Health Care Information Coordinating Council is among the bidders for a piece of the $54 million pot made available by the state for the development of electronic health records, or other projects that will help providers share clinical data in cyberspace. Replacing all those paper medical files on the shelves of doctors' offices and in hospital storage rooms with a computer-based system that can communicate between providers would make healthcare more safe and efficient, supporters said.
The money is part of the state Health Care Efficiency and Affordability Law, known as HEAL NY, which is infusing $1 billion in capital grants into New York's healthcare industry. Phase I of the program is addressing development of electronic health records, or other clinical data-sharing projects. The deadline for applications was Nov. 30; grants will be awarded in January 2006.