HHS Grants More Than $11.9M for Health IT Implementation in Rural Areas

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is granting more than $11.9 million to 40 rural healthcare providers to aid the implementation of health IT, according to an HHS news release.

The grant money, from HHS' Health Resources and Services Administration, will help rural health networks adopt electronic health records and qualify for EHR incentive payments. Each organization will receive approximately $300,000 to purchase equipment, install broadband networks and train staff.

This program was developed by HHS' Rural HIT Taskforce and is part of President Obama's Rural Health Initiative.

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