FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 2, 2011
Contact: HRSA Press Office
HHS announces $11.9 million to implement health information technology in rural areas
Rural health networks across the nation will receive more than $11.9 million to support their adoption of Health Information Technology (HIT) and certified Electronic Health Records (EHR). The funding announced today by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will also help these rural health networks’ participating eligible providers qualify for Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive payments, administered by the Centers for Medicare &Medicaid Services.
“We need health information technology to bring our health care system into the 21st century,” said Secretary Sebelius. “These funds will help safety net providers acquire state-of-the-art health information technology systems to ensure the delivery of quality care to some of the most remote areas of our country.”
Each of 40 grantee organizations will receive about $300,000 to purchase equipment, install broadband networks and provide training for staff. The pilot program was developed as a result of the President’s Rural Health Initiative, which identifies HIT as a priority area, and the Secretary’s Rural HIT Taskforce. Funding is distributed through HHS’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and comes from existing appropriations and authorization for the Rural Health Care Services Outreach and Rural Health Network Development Program.
“Collaboration is key to this effort. Working together, these rural health networks will be in a better position to achieve economies of scale and enhance their services and organizational capacity,” said HRSA Administrator Mary Wakefield, Ph.D., R.N.
The list of grant recipients follows:
Rural Health Information Technology Grants
Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
Alaska State Hospital & Nursing Home Association
Tanana Chiefs Conference
Tahoe Institute for Rural Health Research
Livingston Community Health Services
Huerfano County Hospital District
Telluride Medical Center Foundation
Rural Health Partnership of North Central Florida
Hospital Authority of Monroe County, Georgia
Van Buren County Hospital
Wright Medical Center
Franklin County Medical Center
Greeley County Health Services
Northeast Kentucky Regional Health Information Organization
Knox Hospital Corporation
Louisiana Rural Ambulance Alliance
Hospital Service District No. 1-A of the Parish of Richland
Mahnomen Health Center
Citizens Memorial Hospital District
Health Care Coalition of Lafayette County
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
Delta Health Alliance
Liberty County Hospital and Nursing Home
Barrett Hospital & Healthcare
Jacobson Memorial Hospital Care Center
Panhandle Mental Health Center
Battle Mountain General Hospital
Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization
Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital
Little Dixie Community Action Agency Inc.
Mid Rogue Foundation
Pennsylvania Mountains Healthcare Resource Development PMHRD
Fairfield Memorial Hospital
The Regional Medical Center
City of Brookings/Brookings Health System
Horizon Health Care
Community Memorial Hospital
Texas A&M University-Kingsville
Western Washington Rural Health Care Collaborative
Pend Oreille Public Hospital District No. 1
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For more information on the Rural Health Information Technology Initiative, please visit http://healthit.hhs.gov/portal/server.pt?open=512&mode=2&objID=3769
For more information on the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, please visit http://www.hrsa.gov/ruralhealth/index.html
For more information on CMS EHR incentive payments, please visit http://www.cms.gov/ehrincentiveprograms/
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Last revised: September 6, 2011