CVS/Caremark Corp. is donating $2.5 million to the Rhode Island Quality Institute, a private agency that works to improve communication and information-sharing among doctors and hospitals.
The grant from the CVS/Caremark Charitable Trust is the largest ever received by the agency and will increase its budgetcurrently at $1 millionby 50%.
The Rhode Island Quality Institute was formed in 2001, when Care New England and Lifespan were planning to merge. It has been developing ways for doctors, hospitals and other care providers to communicate electronically with each other.
The institute launched a project, called SureScripts, to allow any doctor's computer to communicate with any pharmacy. It is also working on strategies to encourage doctors' offices to switch to electronic medical records, and the grant will be used toward that effort.
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