The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded one of two final Beacon Community grants Sept. 2 to Greater Cincinnati Beacon Collaboration, which includes HealthBridge, Inc. and partners. Their grant funds totaled $13.8 million to help achieve measurable improvements in health care quality, safety and efficiency.
Indiana counties surrounding Cincinnati will be part of the Beacon grant service area. Healthbridge also operates the TriState Regional Extension Center that is now assisting physician practices in 19 southern Indiana counties, as well as parts of Ohio and Kentucky, to achieve meaningful use of electronic health records.
HealthBridge and its partners will use technology and collaboration to bring improvements under two large demonstration projects to improve care for children with asthma and adults with diabetes.
Southeastern Michigan Health Association in Detroit also received a Beacon award Sept. 2, and in May, projects in 15 other communities, including Indianapolis, received Beacon grants.
The Beacon program was created by the HITECH Act, part of the 2009 Recovery Act. Learn more about the HealthBridge award on their website.