News | August 20, 2009

White House Rolls Out $1.2 Million for HITECH Priority Grants Program

August 20, 2009 - The White House announced today it will spend $1.2 billion in federal grants for electronic health records (EHR) systems, marking the first wave of funding in a series of HITECH priority grant programs, laying the groundwork for meaningful use of EHRs.

According to David Blumenthal, M.D., national coordinator for health information technology, "These programs will offer valuable help to healthcare providers in the selection and incorporation of EHRs into clinical practice, and for states and their designates to assure that statewide information exchange is developed with an eye toward nationwide connectivity across the healthcare system."

It’s no coincidence that these two grant programs are leading the way.  Key to the successful adoption and meaningful use of EHRs is the assurance that providers have the help and guidance they need to select, implement and maintain a certified EHR system.  In addition, we need the various and often disparate local, statewide and regional systems to work together, regardless of location and differing state and federal standards or policies, to enhance patient care.

The first grant program, the Health Information Technology Extension Program, will fund dozens of health information technology regional extension centers across the country. The regional extension centers will offer hospitals and clinicians hands-on technical assistance to support meaningful use of certified EHR systems. 

A national Health Information Technology Research Center (HITRC) will also be created to help the regional centers collaborate with each other, and serve as a national clearinghouse to identify and share best practices and experiences so that providers can learn from what others have gone through as they’ve put such systems in place. 

The second grant program will help states and qualified state-designated entities (SDEs) to develop or align the necessary policies, procedures and network systems to assist electronic information exchange within and across states, and ultimately throughout the healthcare system. 

"Key to this program’s overall success will be technical, legal and financial support for information exchanges across health care providers," said Dr. Blumenthal.

For more information on the HITECH priority grants program and application requirements: http://healthit.hhs.gov/HITECHgrants 

Related Content

Guerbet, IBM Watson Health Partner on Artificial Intelligence for Liver Imaging
News | Clinical Decision Support | July 10, 2018
Guerbet announced it has signed an exclusive joint development agreement with IBM Watson Health to develop an...
FDA Clears Bay Labs' EchoMD AutoEF Software for AI Echo Analysis
Technology | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | June 19, 2018
Cardiovascular imaging artificial intelligence (AI) company Bay Labs announced its EchoMD AutoEF software received 510(...
News | Remote Viewing Systems | June 14, 2018
International Medical Solutions (IMS) recently announced that the American College of Radiology (ACR) added IMS'...
Wake Radiology Launches First Installation of EnvoyAI Platform
News | Artificial Intelligence | June 13, 2018
Artificial intelligence (AI) platform provider EnvoyAI recently completed their first successful customer installation...
How AI and Deep Learning Will Enable Cancer Diagnosis Via Ultrasound

The red outline shows the manually segmented boundary of a carcinoma, while the deep learning-predicted boundaries are shown in blue, green and cyan. Copyright 2018 Kumar et al. under Creative Commons Attribution License.

News | Ultrasound Imaging | June 12, 2018 | Tony Kontzer
June 12, 2018 — Viksit Kumar didn’t know his mother had...
Zebra Medical Vision Unveils AI-Based Chest X-ray Research
News | Artificial Intelligence | June 08, 2018
June 8, 2018 — Zebra Medical Vision unveiled its Textray chest X-ray research, which will form the basis for a future
Konica Minolta Launches AeroRemote Insights for Digital Radiography
Technology | Analytics Software | June 07, 2018
Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. announced the release of AeroRemote Insights, a cloud-based, business...
Vinay Vaidya, Chief Medical Information Officer at Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Vinay Vaidya, Chief Medical Information Officer at Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Sponsored Content | Case Study | Artificial Intelligence | June 05, 2018
The power to predict a cardiac arrest, support a clinical diagnosis or nudge a provider when it is time to issue medi
How image sharing through a health information exchange benefits patients while saving time and money is depicted in this slide shown at HIMSS 2018. Graphic courtesy of Karan Mansukhani.

How image sharing through a health information exchange benefits patients while saving time and money is depicted in this slide shown at HIMSS 2018. Graphic courtesy of Karan Mansukhani.

Feature | Information Technology | June 05, 2018 | By Greg Freiherr
A regional image exchange system is saving lives and reducing radiology costs in Maryland by improving the efficiency
Using Imaging Analytics for Radiology, VCU Health in Richmond, Va., has developed a dashboard to view turnaround time analysis. This functionality allows drill down for each technologist and radiologist and looks at the different steps of the imaging cycle.

Using Imaging Analytics for Radiology, VCU Health in Richmond, Va., has developed a dashboard to view turnaround time analysis. This functionality allows drill down for each technologist and radiologist and looks at the different steps of the imaging cycle.

Sponsored Content | Case Study | Information Technology | June 05, 2018
Sharon Gibbs, director of the radiology department at VCU Health in Richmond, Va., aims to provide quality, timely and...
Overlay Init