March 21, 2010
Well, all the states are covered. On Monday, March 15, 2010, HHS Secretary Sebelius announced that an additional $162 million in grant money was being awarded to 16 states and “qualified state entities” for the state Health Information Exchange (HIE) Cooperative Agreement Program. Although this is only a small chunk of the $2 billion allocated to drive HIT adoption under the ARRA incentives, this round accomplishes the goal of providing some HIT funding to each of the 50 states.
The HIEs funded include several states where DrFirst is very active (even my home state of Maryland), and we hope to participate with data to be exchanged in these programs. These grants are in addition to the $385 million released to 40 states back in February of this year, and hopefully these grants will be used to jump-start ARRA-related programs that will result in physician HIT incentives in 2011.
To see which states were awarded this round of grants visit Healthcare IT News at http://www.healthcareitnews.com/news/hhs-announces-162-million-16-state-hie-grants