KHI News Service

Kansas gets federal HIE grant

$9 million

By KHI NEWS SERVICE | February 12, 2010

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded more than $9 million to the Kansas Health Information Exchange Project.

The money will help underwrite the effort to build a statewide system for transferring digital patient records among medical providers.

“This announcement is great news for Kansas as it will bring countless opportunities in terms of creating jobs, advancing technology and reducing our overall health care costs,” Governor Mark Parkinson said in a prepared statement released Friday announcing the grant award.

The money was made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which was signed into law last year by President Obama.

Federal officials have set the goal of every American having a digital health record by 2014.

The Kansas e-Health Advisory Council, led by Roderick Bremby of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, has been spearheading the Kansas effort to develop a statewide health information exchange.

The group next meets March 10.

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