Massachusetts works towards improved exchange of health information with new grant program

The Massachusetts e-Health Institute (MeHI) recently launched a grant program aimed to improve the exchange of electronic health records (EHRs) among providers. The Connected Communities Implementation Grant Program builds on prior federal and state Health IT investments to bolster care coordination and information pathways among providers throughout the state. The program has completed their first tier of pre-applications with selected applicants invited to participate in full applications due August 20.

MeHI’s grant program seeks to fund projects that can strengthen provider connections, improve access to clinical information and support improved outcomes and treatment efficiency. Laurance Stuntz, director of MeHI, sees the program as “an opportunity to support impactful health IT programs driven by the priorities in individual communities.”

The awards process will occur in phases and begin with planning payment awards of up to $25,000. Additional payments will be made when participants meet expected milestones, with a maximum grant of $500,000 per project.