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HIMSS Electronic Health Record Association Applauds Federal Support of EHR Implementation for Hospitals and Physician Practices
Date:8/26/2009

CHICAGO, Aug. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The HIMSS Electronic Health Record Association (EHR Association) responded with enthusiasm to the announcement on August 20 of the availability of grants totaling nearly $1.2 billion to help hospitals and health care providers successfully install and use electronic health records (EHRs) as part of the continued implementation of the healthcare IT provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).

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Echoing Vice President Joe Biden, Justin Barnes of Greenway Medical Technologies and Association Chairman said, "We agree wholeheartedly that EHRs make healthcare safer and more efficient, as well as help keep patients healthier at lower costs." Barnes went on to say, "Our collaborative work as an association for the past five years has been to accelerate the adoption of EHRs in hospitals and physician practices of all sizes and specialties. It's exciting to see such a strong commitment at the highest levels of government to support this essential effort to improve our healthcare system."

One set of grants will make available $598 million to establish approximately 70 Health Information Technology Regional Extension Centers to assist hospitals and clinicians in evaluating, acquiring, implementing and achieving meaningful use of certified EHRs. Another grant program will provide $564 million to states and qualified state-designated entities to develop structures to share healthcare information in an emerging network of health information exchanges (HIEs) in support of the nationwide health information network (NHIN).

"The EHR Association is a strong and early supporter of the HIT portions of the ARRA a
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