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MU receives $13.3 million grant to provide better health care at a lower cost
Date:7/26/2012

An innovative way to deliver better patient care at a lower cost will be developed at the University of Missouri with support from a $13.3 million grant. MU will use the new federal funding to combine advanced technology with education for patients and providers in an effort to transform the nation's health care system.

From approximately 3,000 applications for federal Health Care Innovation Award funding, 107 programs were selected to receive grants. MU received $13.3 million to create a program called LIGHT2: Leveraging Information Technology to Guide High Tech, High Touch Care.

"The high-tech component will give patients and providers new information technology for improving the health of individuals as well as entire populations, such as groups of patients with chronic illnesses," said Jerry Parker, PhD, director of LIGHT2 and associate dean for research at the MU School of Medicine. "The high-touch component will teach patients and providers to use this new technology to create a health care system that is more comprehensive, better coordinated, and empowers patients to take control of their own health status."

The high-tech component of LIGHT2 leverages MU's partnership with Cerner Corporation, the world's leading supplier of health information technology. MU and Cerner formed the Tiger Institute for Health Innovation in 2009 to innovate health care, connect Missouri and empower wellness. Since then, University of Missouri Health Care has been designated as one of the nation's "Most Wired" hospital systems, and one of the institute's projects for managing chronic disease was recognized nationally by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives.

As LIGHT2 partners, MU and the Tiger Institute will create a comprehensive technology suite that empowers patients with information to proactively manage their care and enables providers to continuously improve their care delivery. More advanced electronic health
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Contact: Michael Muin
muinm@health.missouri.edu
573-884-7541
University of Missouri School of Medicine
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