The Blue Shield of California Foundation said it has awarded $16 million in grants to 300 organizations across the state. The awards include $345,000 for the University of California San Francisco to improve coordination of care for HIV/AIDS patients using a web-based system. Another $1 million goes to the Health Technology Center in San Francisco to help fund the CalRHIO network, a project which hopes to develop IT interoperability in the state.
Meanwhile, on the federal level the Department of Health and Human Services is expected to award grants next week for a series of demonstration projects intended to lay the ground work for future health IT adoption. Contracts will be given to groups recommending new standards, certification policies and studying potential privacy challenges.