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Additional millions in EMR grants awarded

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted June 14, 2010

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The Dept. of Health and Human Services announced June 3 that another $84 million in grants has been awarded to help networks of health centers adopt electronic medical records and other health information technology systems.

The funds are part of the $2 billion allotted to the Health Resources and Services Administration under last year's economic stimulus package. Forty-five grants will support new and enhanced EMR implementation projects, and will help improve health care quality, efficiency and patient safety, HHS officials said.

Health Center Controlled Networks are designed to improve the operational effectiveness and clinical quality in health centers by providing management, financial, technology and clinical support services. The networks are community-based entities that provide primary care to nearly 19 million patients.

Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2010/06/14/gvbf0614.htm.

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