The White House released nearly $1 billion in stimulus money to make health information technology available to thousands of primary-care physicians and hospitals and to train thousands of people in healthcare and IT careers. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said during a teleconference announcing the funds that $750 million would be earmarked to help hospitals and physicians adopt electronic health records. The money will include $386 million to help states adopt frameworks to allow health information to be securely exchanged between providers, plus $375 million to support the development of 32 regional extension centers. In addition, more than $225 million in U.S. Labor Department grant awards will be made available to train 15,000 people for healthcare, IT and other careers.
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