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August 26, 2009 / Raffy Pekson II

U.S. Government To Spend $1.2 Billion for Electronic Health Records

While the national debate about health care reform continues to rage, the federal government is looking to revamp the IT infrastructures of many companies by offering $1.2 billion in grants to convert their health and medical records from paper to electronic files. The grants are part of the federal stimulus package. The funds are dedicated to establishing approximately 70 Health Information Technology Regional Extension Centers across the country and to support states’ efforts for information sharing within the emerging nationwide system of networks. The grants will be awarded on a rolling basis, with the first awards being issued in fiscal year 2010. Grants to states will also be made in fiscal year 2010.

The funds are dedicated to establishing approximately 70 Health Information Technology Regional Extension Centers across the country and to support states’ efforts for information sharing within the emerging nationwide system of networks. These centers are required by law to establish cooperative agreements through a competitive agreement. The centers will support at least 100,000 primary care providers, through participating nonprofit organizations, to achieve meaningful use of electronic health records and to establish a nationwide health information exchange.

Source: eWeek.com.

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