Report: Senate’s FY 2019 Minibus Measure to Appropriate $60M for Health IT Interoperability Efforts

A package of fiscal 2019 appropriations bills passed by the Senate would earmark $60.3M in funds to support the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology’s health IT interoperability efforts, Meritalk reported Monday.

The upper chamber passed on Aug. 23 the minibus measure that would appropriate $854B in funds for the departments of DefenseHealth and Human Services, Labor and Education.

The report said the Small Rural Hospital Improvement Grant Program would receive $15.9M in funding to facilitate health IT adoption.

The Senate measure would allocate an $85M budget for the Social Security Administration’s IT modernization effort and $20.77M for the Labor Department’s technology investment initiatives.

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