Chosen Communities to be ‘HIT’ with $220M in Grants

Wed, May 12, 2010

Show Me The Money

Beacon funding program to kick off when 130 applicants are chosen.

Fifteen lucky communities will be awarded a total of about $220 million in grants for health IT infrastructure, national coordinator for health IT David Blumenthal, MD has announced.

The grants will come from the Beacon Community program, which provides funding to communities to build and strengthen their HIT infrastructure and exchange capabilities. The chosen communities will have to “pay it forward” by achieving measurable improvements in health care quality, safety, efficiency, and population health — and then sharing lessons learned.

“It’s more than we expected,” Blumenthal said, referring to the 130 community applicants. It is a sign that we’re ready to put health care IT to work on improving population health, he added.

The Beacon grants will come from the $2 billion in ARRA funds administered by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). A…

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