HRSA Offers Grants to Rural Providers Adopting EHR

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced May 5 that it will provide as many as 40 grants totaling $12 million to help rural health care providers achieve meaningful use of electronic health records (EHRs). These grants will be distributed through the Rural Health Information Technology Network Development (RHITND) Program.

EHR “meaningful use” requirements were defined by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in July 2010, in accordance with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act).

Rural providers who work in formal networks, alliances, coalitions, or partnerships with a history of organizational collaboration and a memorandum of understanding (MOU), can apply for a grant to help support their efforts in achieving meaningful use of EHR.

Some activities that can be supported by grant funds are: workforce analysis; EHR strategic plan development; EHR training; purchase of health information technology (HIT) equipment; identify and locate certified HIT equipment vendors; and installation of broadband.

Qualified organizations can apply for a grant on Grants.gov. Applications are due May 27.

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