On Friday, September 15, 2016 the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced more than $87 million in awards for over 1,300 health centers in every US state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and the Pacific Basin. The funding will support health IT enhancements to accelerate the transition to value-based care models, improved information sharing to support better decision making, and increased engagement in delivery system transformation.
Upon award announcement, HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell stated that, “This investment will help unlock health care data and put it to work, improving health outcomes and building a better health care system for the American people.” Health centers who will receive the announced funding provide primary health care to more than 24 million people and employ nearly 190,000 people. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Acting Administrator Jim Macrae notes that, “These awards will allow health centers to deliver higher quality of care to patients and spend health care dollars in a smarter way.”
A list of the 2016 Delivery System Health Information Investment Award recipients can be found here.