Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle said he will include $30 million to promote electronic medical-record adoption in his upcoming budget proposal.
Of that, $20 million will be earmarked for grants to fund electronic health initiatives. The remaining $10 million will fund tax credits to employers that take on electronic health initiatives and provide funding for the Wisconsin eHealth Care Quality and Patient Safety Board, established in 2005.
The Wisconsin Hospital Association, Madison, endorsed the plan and said funding will provide a needed boost to rural providers with limited resources for healthcare information technology investment. "We applaud Governor Doyles proposal to provide funding to healthcare providers," WHA President Steven Brenton said in a statement.