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Health Center Networks Receive $36M in HHS Funds to Adopt Health IT; Sylvia Burwell Comments

Sylvia Burwell
Sylvia Burwell

The Department of Health and Human Services has awarded 50 health center controlled networks in 41 states and in Puerto Rico a more than $36 million for the implementation of health information technology.

The networks are designed to assist in the adoption of certified electronic health record technology; integration of data collection, analysis and reporting; and compliance with the Medicare and Medicaid programs, HHS said Thursday.

Click here for the complete list of the recipient HCCNs.

“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,” said HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell.

HCCNs work to update practices for service integration, patient outcome improvement and managed care contract negotiation.

The networks aim to help health centers use electronic health records certified by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology to meet Medicare and Medicaid requirements.

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