Facilitating the Adoption of Health Information Technology
Over the past five years, the CHRC has invested more than $3 million in nine health information technology (HIT) projects throughout the state. These projects have supported IT programs for Federally Qualified Health Centers, local health departments, and community providers.
The federal government has invested billions of dollars in researching and expanding HIT projects to facilitate the adoption of electronic health records and other HIT systems across all providers, to increase information sharing, to decrease medical errors and health care costs, and ultimately to improve performance and health outcomes. In addition, several federal and state incentive programs require providers to achieve EMR “meaningful use” within the next six years. While some providers, such as hospitals or large health care practices, may be well on their way towards implementing EMR systems, achieving “meaningful use” for smaller safety net providers may pose a daunting challenge and the CHRC remains dedicated to helping these providers adopt health information technology.
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CHRC Grantees Supporting Health Information Technology
||Omni House Behavioral Health System
||Prince George's Health Department
||Howard Health Department
||Community Health Integrated Partnership
||Anne Arundel & Multiple|
||Walnut Street Community Health Center
||St. Luke's House, Inc.
||Choptank Community Health System
||Baltimore Medical System, Inc.
||Allegany Health Department