Eighty-five health center programs in 15 of the 17 Beacon communities will receive a total of $8.5 million in federal funding to help them adopt health information technology, HHS announced.
HHS announces new Beacon funding
HHS' Health Resources and Services Administration will distribute the money, which was made available through last year's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Beacon communities receive funds through the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology to bolster their health information technology infrastructure and improve care coordination. According to HHS, this current round of funding is intended to help existing health centers in Beacon communities participate in communitywide health improvement initiatives that include a strong technology component.
"These communities have already demonstrated their commitment to cutting-edge health information technology," National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Dr. Farzad Mostashari said in a news release about the funding. The awards, he added, "are an important step in giving these communities the resources they need to implement home-grown programs that work for them and that can be sustained for years to come."
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