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If you’re a rural physician, a new federal grant can help you with EHR adoption
e-Reports, May 16, 2011
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The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is taking applications for grants to help rural hospitals and physicians meet meaningful use criteria for electronic health records (EHR).

About 40 grants totaling $12 million will be distributed through the Rural Health Information Technology Network Development Program to support rural providers who work in formal alliances, coalitions, networks or partnerships.

The HRSA grants can be used for:

  • Buying health IT equipment
  • Developing strategic plans
  • Conducting EHR training

However, the grants cannot be used for direct delivery of services. The program synopsis states, “…a network should have completed a thorough strategic planning process, business planning process and have a sound strategy in place for sustaining its operations.”

Deadline to submit grant applications is May 27. Find the application on this website.

Also, Indiana’s two regional extension centers (REC), can help you meet meaningful use metric thresholds, such as privacy and security. Find I-HITEC REC here and Tri-State REC. (Also see the cover from this issue.)

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