HHS awards $36M in grants to boost IT adoption in health centers

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To help support health IT adoption and use among safety net providers, HHS has awarded more than $36 million to 50 Health Center Controlled Networks in 41 states and Puerto Rico.

Health Center Controlled Networks are groups of safety-net providers working to improve access to and quality of care in underserved communities. The funding will support more than 1,020 participating health center organizations.

"By using these networks, individual health centers can work together to share resources, leverage buying power and improve access to health information technology, leading to a better care experience for vulnerable populations," HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell said in a statement.

In addition to support adoption and implementation of certified health record technology, the funds will go toward improving data collection, analysis and reporting and meeting EHR incentive program requirements.

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