HRSA published grant announcement (HRSA-09-198) on January 5th to fund the Health Center Controlled Networks (HCCN) to implement fully functioning EHRs. The goal is to improve the quality of healthcare in health centers and to improve individual and population health.
HRSA seeks projects with at least three collaborator organizations to provide evidence that data can improve care and demonstrate the value and effectiveness of health centers in the marketplace. An example of such a program is HRSA’s Health Disparities Collaborative Care Model, a Community Oriented Primary Health Care model for system change around quality improvement.
The funds available for this project will not finance all the costs associated with the implementation of an EHR nor will they cover the costs of ongoing maintenance. Therefore the Networks need to focus on creating sustainable business models for deploying HIT as well engage in strategic partnerships that will leverage other HIT initiatives and resources.
Public and non-profit organizations are eligible to apply. The estimated funding will be $2,200,000 for three awards. The application deadline is March 04, 2009 with an estimated award date to be September 01, 2009.
For more information, go to www.grants.gov, or contact Christopher Lim CLim@hrsa.gov or call 301-443-0428.
HRSA also published another announcement (HRSA-09-196) on January 5th titled “Licensure Portability Grant Program” to support state professional licensing boards so that they will be able to cooperate, develop, and implement state policies to help reduce statutory and regulatory barriers to telemedicine.
The program funding is expected to be $700,000 with two awards expected. The closing date for the application is March, 05, 2009. For more information, go to www.grants.gov.