Sunday, August 21, 2011

ONC to Fund AHA Survey

Since 2008, the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) has partnered with the American Hospital Association (AHA) through grants administered by NIH to track the use of health IT in U.S. hospitals. ONC now has its own grant management capability and is tasked through the HITECH Act to oversee federal efforts relating to health IT.

As a result, ONC wants to continue to track the status and adoption of electronic health records in hospitals, evaluate the impact of ONC programs, the impact of Medicare and Medicaid incentives in the U.S related ONC programs, and assess the effects of health IT adoption on all aspects of care such as quality and efficiency.

The grant notice (EP-NARRA-AHA-11-001) was published in on August 16, 2011 to specify that ONC intends to continue the collaboration with AHA through a new sole source document to be submitted by AHA by August 22, 2011.

The estimated program funding is $204,000 and will be available for 16 months across Fiscal Years 2011, 2012, and 2013.