SPOTLIGHT: HHS announces 32 extension centers as part of nearly $1B in HIT grants

The Obama administration on Friday announced nearly $1 billion in federal grants to advance health IT adoption and workforce development. The bulk of the money--more than $750 million--comes from HHS, including $375 million for the establishment of 32 regional extension centers. HHS also is giving $386 million to 40 states and other entities to encourage state-level health information exchanges. "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," Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a written statement. FierceHealthIT