FLEX Critical Access Hospital- Health Information Technology Network Implementation Grant
The Department of Health and Human Services has identified furthering the use of health information technology (HIT) as a key priority. This focus also supports the President’s goal of universal adoption of electronic health records for all Americans by 2014. This Critical Access Hospital- Health Information Technology Network Implementation Grant promotes the implementation of HIT and electronic health records (EHR) in Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) and the providers they work with directly.
funding for this opportunity is in accordance with Section 1820(g) of
the Social Security Act.
The purpose of the FLEX CAH HIT Network grant is to provide funds to support the development of a (1) Flex CAH-HIT Network pilot programs in States receiving the grant. Examples of HIT may include practice management systems, disease registry systems, care management systems, clinical messaging systems, personal health record systems, electronic health record systems and health information exchanges.
HRSA’s experience has shown that it is cost effective to utilize networks of health care providers to develop health information technology systems. HRSA is interested in programs that can measure the impact of HIT in terms of outcomes that support the aims of this funding opportunity. Each of the grantees has past experience with the use of quality improvement programs. HRSA requires at least five performance outcome measures two of which HRSA defines to include diabetes control and heart disease risk reduction. The grantees will utilize measures to support the aim of enhancing the effectiveness, efficiency, safety and quality as related to HIT implementation.