SC developing 'road map' for providers to apply for federal dollars

South Carolina officials are working with healthcare provider groups in the state to develop a "road map" intended to help physicians and hospitals apply for federal EMR funding. Several state agencies had been working on health IT infrastructure, but there had been no coordination prior to a health IT summit this week in Columbia, SC.

"We have to figure out how to get everybody on the same page," Emma Forkner, director of the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, told The State newspaper.

"We want one united group to meet the needs of everyone," agrees Jay Moskowitz, president of Health Sciences South Carolina, a collaboration among major South Carolina health systems and universities that seeks to improve health research and education in the state. This, according to The State, includes hospitals, physicians, private insurers and public health agencies.

For more about this plan:
- read this story in The State (Columbia, SC)