HHS has completed its national system of 62 regional extension centers meant to help providers achieve meaningful use of electronic health records.
The extension centers are a program of HHS' Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.
Final awardees to the program included the CalOptima Foundation, which received a grant of $4.7 million to cover Orange County, Calif., and the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative, which will receive $5.1 million to cover the state of New Hampshire.
Service areas were also expanded for two already-named Florida regional extension centers.
"The selection of these final awardees means that regional extension centers are now in place in every region of our country to help health providers make the switch from paper-based medical practice to electronic health records," David Blumenthal, national coordinator for health IT, said in a written statement.
For smaller hospitals and primary-care doctors in particular, the extension centers will help meet the challenges of adopting electronic health records and using them to deliver better care, Blumenthal said.
The regional extension centers were created under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Under the HITECH Act, $677 million will be set aside during the next two years to support the extension centers.