The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation announced grants of up to $100,000 each to 21 state and local public health agencies to advance the use of health information technology. The agencies will work with healthcare providers on regional data-sharing networks or health information exchanges. "Information systems can play a vital role in improving the health of our communities by helping to pinpoint disease outbreaks, track chronic disease in communities and improve communication between healthcare providers and health departments," a foundation official said in a news release. The release included a list of grantees. Read the release. -- by Joseph Conn
Public health agencies awarded grants for IT networks
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