On November 14, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) used the final economic stimulus funds from a $2 billion appropriation to award four states’ health information exchanges (HIE) with grants totaling nearly $2.4 million.
ONC gave $625,000 to both the Delaware Health Information Network (HIN) and the Oregon Health Authority, the Rhode Island Quality Institute received $489,544, and the Utah Health Information Network (UHIN) got $624,600.
The purpose of the grants is to link state and local HIEs to create a nationwide "network of networks." To accomplish that objective and purpose, both the Delaware HIN and UHIN will use this funding to connect with HIE counterparts to create a more robust provider directory, enhance their patient portal capabilities, and expand their ability to send hospital ADT notices to healthcare organizations in Idaho, Nevada and Wyoming. To learn more about ONC’s HIE grants awarded to the four states mentioned, please read here.