New York Governor Announces $52M in Health IT Grants

New York Gov. George Pataki (R) on Tuesday announced that more than $52.8 million in grants will be awarded to advance health IT efforts on a regional level, Government Technology reports.

New York Governor George E. Pataki today announced the availability of $52,875,000 in grant funding to advance Health Information Technology (HIT) initiatives on a regional level. Under the terms of a five year agreement negotiated by Pataki with the federal Department of Health and Human Services, additional federal funding will be made available to supplement the State funds announced by the governor today. Up to half of the grant funds awarded, $26.4 million, under HEAL Phase 3 will be supported by F-SHRP, if the grant recipients meet the qualifications.

The funding announced today is part of the state’s Healthcare Efficiency and Affordability Law for New Yorkers (HEAL NY). The funding will be available to those health care facilities that work together with other providers in their community to create information technology for sharing clinic data among health care providers. These awards will range from a minimum of $100,000 up to a maximum of $5 million.

“My administration is committed to supporting advancement of health care initiatives that promote the delivery of high quality health care to all New Yorkers,” Pataki said. “This funding will help improve the quality and efficiency of the delivery of health care in New York State by supporting investments in interoperable information technology such as electronic health records. We urge health care providers across the state to apply for HEAL NY funding.”

Full article at Government Technolgy

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