HHS announces $11.9 million to implement health information technology in rural areas

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Rural health networks across the nation will receive more than $11.9 million to support their adoption of Health Information Technology (HIT) and certified Electronic Health Records (EHR). The funding announced today by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will also help these rural health networks’ participating eligible providers qualify for Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive payments, administered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

“We need health information technology to bring our health care system into the 21st century,” said Secretary Sebelius. “These funds will help safety net providers acquire state-of-the-art health information technology systems to ensure the delivery of quality care to some of the most remote areas of our country.”

Each of 40 grantee organizations will receive about $300,000 to purchase equipment, install broadband networks and provide training for staff. The pilot program was developed as a result of the President’s Rural Health Initiative, which identifies HIT as a priority area, and the Secretary’s Rural HIT Taskforce. Funding is distributed through HHS’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and comes from existing appropriations and authorization for the Rural Health Care Services Outreach and Rural Health Network Development Program.

“Collaboration is key to this effort. Working together, these rural health networks will be in a better position to achieve economies of scale and enhance their services and organizational capacity,” said HRSA Administrator Mary Wakefield, Ph.D., R.N.

The list of grant recipients follows:


Rural Health Information Technology Grants


    City     State     Amount
Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium Anchorage Alaska $300,000.00
Alaska State Hospital & Nursing Home Association Juneau Alaska $300,000.00
Tanana Chiefs Conference Fairbanks Alaska $300,000.00
Tahoe Institute for Rural Health Research Truckee Calif. $300,000.00
Livingston Community Health Services Livingston Calif. $299,811.00
Huerfano County Hospital District Walsenburg Colo. $300,000.00
Telluride Medical Center Foundation Telluride Colo. $296,242.00
Rural Health Partnership of North Central Florida Starke Fla. $299,789.00
Hospital Authority of Monroe County, Georgia Forsyth Ga. $300,000.00
Van Buren County Hospital Keosauqua Iowa $300,000.00
Wright Medical Center Clarion Iowa $300,000.00
Franklin County Medical Center Preston Idaho $299,758.00
Greeley County Health Services Tribune Kan. $253,551.00
Northeast Kentucky Regional Health Information Organization

West Liberty



Knox Hospital Corporation Barbourville Ky. $300,000.00
Louisiana Rural Ambulance Alliance Napoleonville La. $300,000.00
Hospital Service District No. 1-A of the Parish of Richland




Mahnomen Health Center Mahnomen Minn. $299,950.00
Citizens Memorial Hospital District Bolivar Mo. $300,000.00
Health Care Coalition of Lafayette County Lexington Mo. $300,000.00
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Saipan M.P. $300,000.00
Delta Health Alliance Stoneville Miss. $300,000.00
Liberty County Hospital and Nursing Home Chester Mont. $300,000.00

Barrett Hospital & Healthcare

Dillon Mont. $299,980.00
Jacobson Memorial Hospital Care Center Elgin N.D. $299,953.00
Panhandle Mental Health Center Scottsbluff Neb. $300,000.00

Battle Mountain General Hospital

Battle Mountain



Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization Watertown


Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital Cooperstown N.Y. $292,550.00
Little Dixie Community Action Agency Inc. Hugo Okla. $300,000.00
Mid Rogue Foundation Grants Pass Ore. $272,845.00
Pennsylvania Mountains Healthcare Resource Development PMHRD




Fairfield Memorial Hospital Winnsboro S.C. $300,000.00
The Regional Medical Center Orangeburg S.C. $299,125.00
City of Brookings/Brookings Health System Brookings S.D. $300,000.00
Horizon Health Care Howard S.D. $300,000.00
Community Memorial Hospital Burke S.D. $295,939.00
Texas A&M University-Kingsville Kingsville Texas $299,976.00
Western Washington Rural Health Care Collaborative Forks Wash. $299,550.00
Pend Oreille Public Hospital District No. 1 Newport Wash. $298,292.00
TOTAL $11,905,166.00

For more information on the Rural Health Information Technology Initiative, please visit http://healthit.hhs.gov/portal/server.pt?open=512&mode=2&objID=3769

For more information on the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, please visit http://www.hrsa.gov/ruralhealth/index.html

For more information on CMS EHR incentive payments, please visit https://www.cms.gov/ehrincentiveprograms/30_Meaningful_Use.asp

Note: All HHS press releases, fact sheets and other press materials are available at http://www.hhs.gov/news.


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