HHS Awards $220 Million For Health IT

The Beacon Communities, administered by the Department of Health and Human Services, aim to showcase how health IT can improve the care of patients nationwide.
The other Beacon Community awardees receiving health IT related project funding are:
  • Delta Health Alliance in Stoneville, Miss. was awarded a $14.6 million grant for diabetes management.

  • Eastern Maine Healthcare System in Brewer, Maine is receiving $12.7 million for telemedicine projects helping elderly patients in long-term care facilities and those living at home.

  • Geisinger Clinic in Danville, Pa. was awarded a $16 million grant to enhance care of pulmonary and congestive heart patients.

  • HealthInsight in Salt Lake City, Utah is receiving $15.7 million for diabetes management projects.

  • Indiana Health Information Exchange, which is currently the country's largest and oldest health exchange, was awarded $16 million to help it expand into additional communities.

  • Inland Northwest Health Services in Spokane, Wash. was granted $15.7 million for diabetes preventative services.

  • Louisiana Public Health Institute in New Orleans was awarded $13.5 million to improve diabetes control and smoking cessation rates.

  • Mayo Clinic of Rochester, Minn. received a $12.3 million grant for projects aimed at reducing hospitalization costs and emergency room visits by diabetics and asthmatics, and improving health disparities in rural and underserved communities.

  • Rhode Island Quality Institute in Providence, R.I. was awarded a $15.9 million grant for improving management of diabetic patients and immunization rates.

  • Rocky Mountain Health Maintenance Organization in Grand Junction, Colo. is getting $18.9 million for projects that include improving blood pressure control in diabetic and hypertension patients and reducing unnecessary ER visits.

  • Southern Piedmont Community Care Plan in Concord, N.C. was granted $15.9 million for coordination of care projects involving chronically ill patients.

  • The Regents University of California in San Diego was awarded $15.3 million for projects including expanding pre-hospital emergency field care using electronic data transmission and improving continuity of care for military personnel and veterans.

  • University of Hawaii at Hilo received a $16 million grant for implementing a regional health information exchange to improve care of patients with chronic diseases and in areas where there are shortages of healthcare professionals.

  • Western N.Y Clinical Information Exchange in Buffalo was awarded $16 million for a project involving clinical decision support tools and telemedicine for diabetic and heart patients.
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