S.C. to receive $9.6 million to improve health information

Staff Report
Published March 16, 2010

South Carolina is set to receive approximately $9.6 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to help implement health information exchange and advance health information technology as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The money is to be used to provide widespread use of health IT and provide an electronic health record for every citizen by the year 2014, said DHHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

Every state and eligible territory has now been awarded funds under this program.

“These critical investments will help unleash the power of health information technology to cut costs, eliminate paperwork, and help doctors deliver high-quality, coordinated care to patients,” Sebelius said. “States are important partners in improving and expanding our electronic health records system.”

The health information exchange HIE awards are providing approximately $162 million to 16 states and qualified state-designated entities to facilitate non-proprietary health information exchange that adheres to national standards. In a statement, Sebelius said health information exchange is critical to enabling care coordination and improving the quality and efficiency of health care.

For more information on this program, go online.

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