Monday, February 15, 2010

REC and State-Level HIE Funding

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Labor Secretary Hilda Solis today announced a total of nearly $1 billion in Recovery Act awards to help health care providers advance the adoption and meaningful use of health information technology (IT) and train workers for the health care jobs of the future. The awards will help make health IT available to over 100,000 hospitals and primary care physicians by 2014 and train thousands of people for careers in health care and information technology. This Recovery Act investment will help grow the emerging health IT industry which is expected to support tens of thousands of jobs ranging from nurses and pharmacy techs to IT technicians and trainers.

The over $750 million in HHS grant awards Secretary Sebelius announced today are part of a federal initiative to build capacity to enable widespread meaningful use of health IT. This assistance at the state and regional level will facilitate health care providers' efforts to adopt and use electronic health records (EHRs) in a meaningful manner that has the potential to improve the quality and efficiency of health care for all Americans. Of the over $750 million investment, $386 million will go to 40 states and qualified State Designated Entities (SDEs) to facilitate health information exchange (HIE) at the state level, while $375 million will go to an initial 32 non-profit organizations to support the development of regional extension centers (RECs) that will aid health professionals as they work to implement and use health information technology - with additional HIE and REC awards to be announced in the near future. RECs are expected to provide outreach and support services to at least 100,000 primary care providers and hospitals within two years.
"Health information technology can make our health care system more efficient and improve the quality of care we all receive," said Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius. "These grant awards, the first of their kind, will help develop our electronic infrastructure and give doctors and other health care providers the support they need as they adopt this powerful technology."
The more than $225 million in DOL grant awards Secretary Solis announced will be used to train 15,000 people in job skills needed to access careers in health care, IT and other high growth fields. Through existing partnerships with local employers, the recipients of these grants have already identified roughly 10,000 job openings for skilled workers that likely will become available in the next two years in areas like nursing, pharmacy technology and information technology. The grants will fund 55 separate training programs in 30 states to help train people for secure, well-paid health jobs and meet the growing employment demand for health workers. Employment services will be available via the Department of Labor's local One Stop Career Centers, and training will be offered at community colleges and other local education providers.
“The Recovery Act’s investments are making a positive difference in the lives of America’s working families,” saidSecretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. “The investments announced today will ensure thousands of workers across the nation can receive high-quality training and employment services, which will lead to good jobs in healthcare and other industries offering career-track employment and good pay and benefits.”
The HHS and DOL awards are part of an overall $100 billion investment in science, innovation and technology the Administration is making through the Recovery Act to spur domestic job creation in growing industries and lay a long-term foundation for economic growth. In addition to the 10,000 jobs the DOL grantees expect to fill with freshly trained workers, the health IT extension centers are expected to hire over 3,000 technology workers nationwide in the months ahead. Overall, the Administration investments in health IT and training will help significantly expand an emerging industry expected to support tens of thousands of secure, well-paid jobs nationwide.
A complete listing of the state HIE, REC and job training grant recipients is as follows:
State HIE Awards:
State HIE Awardee
Award Amount
Alabama Medicaid Agency
Arizona Governor's Office of Economic Recovery
Arkansas Dept of Finance and Administration
California Health and Human Services Agency
Colorado Regional Health Information Organization
Delaware Health Information Network
Government of the District of Columbia
Georgia Department of Community Health
Office of the Governor (Guam)
The Hawaii Health Information Exchange
Illinois Department of Health care and Family Services
Kansas Health Information Exchange Project
Cabinet for Health and Family Services (Kentucky)
State of Maine/Governor's Office of Health Policy & Finance
Massachusetts Technology Park Corporation
Michigan Department of Health
Minnesota Department of Health
Missouri Depart of Social Services
Nevada Department of Health and Human Services
New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services
Lovelace Clinic Foundation, New Mexico
New York eHealth Collaborative Inc.
Commonwealth of the NMI, Department of Public Health
North Carolina Department of State Treasurer
Ohio Health Information Partnership LLC
Oklahoma Health Care Authority
Pacific Ecommerce Development Corporation (American Samoa)
State of Oregon
Governor's Office of Health Care Reform Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Oticina del Gobernador La Fortaeza (Puerto Rico)
Rhode Island Quality Institute
State of Tennessee
Utah Department of Health
Vermont Department of Human Services
Virgin Islands Department of Health
Virginia Department of Health
Health Care Authority (Washington)
West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources
Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services
Office of the Governor (Wyoming)
Total Award Amount

Regional Extension Center Awards:
RECs Awardee
Award Amount
Altarum Institute, Michigan
Arkansas Foundation For Medical Care
CIMRO of Nebraska
Colorado RHIO
District of Columbia Primary Care Association
Fund for Public Health New York
Greater Cincinnati HealthBridge (Ohio-Kentucky)
Health Choice Network, Inc.,Florida
HealthInsight, Utah-Nevada
Kansas Foundation for Medical Care Inc.
Key Health Alliance (Stratis Health), Minnesota – North Dakota
Lovelace Clinic, New Mexico
Massachusetts Technology Park Cooperation
MetaStar, Inc, Wisconsin
Morehouse School of Medicine, Inc., Georgia
New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC)
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Northern California Regional Extension Center
Northern Illinois University
Northwestern University
OCHIN Inc. (Primary), Oregon
Ohio Health Information Partnership
Oklahoma Foundation for Medical Quality, Inc.
Purdue University
Qsource (Tennessee)
Qualis Health, Washington - Idaho
Rhode Island Quality Institute
Southern California Regional Extension Center
Vermont Information Technology Leaders, Inc.
VHQC and the Center for Innovative Technology, for The Virginia Consortium
West Virginia Health Improvement Institute Inc.
Total Award Amount

Job Training Awards:
Healthcare / High Growth Grant Recipient
Award Amount
Calhoun Community College
Mid-South Community College
South Arkansas Community College
Kern Community College District (KCCD)
Los Rios Community College District
Mt. San Antonio Community College District
San Diego State University Research Foundation
San Jose State University Research Foundation
San Bernardino Community College District
Youth Policy Institute
Spanish Speaking Unity Council
Otero Junior College
National Council of La Raza
Providence Health Foundation of Providence Hospital
DeKalb Technical College (DTC)
Governors State University
Indianapolis Private Industry Council, Inc.
Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana
Iowa Workforce Development
Maysville Community and Technical College
Louisiana Technical College, Greater Acadiana Region 4
Southern University at Shreveport
Maine Department of Labor
The Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC)
Macomb Community College
American Indian Opportunities Industrialization Center
Northland Community and Technical College
MN State Colleges & Universities DBA Pine Technical College
South Central College
The Montgomery Institute
Full Employment Council
Crowder College
Maryville University - St. Louis
University of New Hampshire
Passaic County Community College
Fulton Montgomery Community College (FMCC)
Hudson Valley Community College (HVCC)
University Behavioral Associates, Inc.
Workforce Investment Board of Herkimer, Madison, and Oneida Counties
Goodwill Industries, Inc., Serving E. Neb and SW Iowa
Nevada Cancer Institute
Berea Children’s Home
Cincinnati State Technical and Community College
Columbus State Community College
Enterprise for Employment and Education
Trident Technical College
Florence-Darlington Technical College (FDTC)
The University of South Dakota
Centerstone of Tennessee, Inc.
North Central Texas College
San Jacinto Community College District
The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB)
Shenandoah Valley Workforce Investment Board, Inc. (SVWIB)
Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board