The Washington Health Information Collaborative, a public-private partnership based in Seattle, will award a total of $1 million in grants to help providers across the state implement and upgrade their information technology.
Forty-nine small hospitals, community clinics and physician practices were chosen to receive up to $20,000 to spend on electronic health records and other computerized patient management systems. The Washington Health Information Collaborative promotes the use of health information technology to improve the quality of patient care and reduce the cost of care.
It is funded by two $500,000 donations from the Washington Health Care Authority and First Choice Health, a provider-owned PPO based in Seattle. "The members of the Collaborative recognize the dangers of a 'haves and have-nots' gap between small and large providers," Steve Hill, administrator of the Health Care Authority, said in a news release. "These awards help bridge that gap."