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Total Federal Grant Funds for Indiana Health Information Technology Efforts Climb to Nearly $50 Million; Latest $16 Million Installment Spotlights Indiana Health Information Exchange in Delivering Higher Quality and Higher Value Healthcare Through M
Date:5/4/2010

INDIANAPOLIS, May 4 /PRNewswire/ -- With today's announcement of a new $16 million federal "Beacon Communities" grant for Central Indiana, Indiana's leadership in health information technology (HIT) has now attracted $49.5 million in total federal funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

The latest grant comes through the Beacon Communities Cooperative Agreement Program administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  Under this grant, a wide range of hospitals, physician groups and patients across Central Indiana will see enhanced information connectivity, reductions in unnecessary tests and hospital visits, and improved preventive care for such chronic conditions as diabetes and coronary artery disease through the meaningful and secure use of electronically communicated and privacy protected patient information.   

The $16 million in Beacon Communities funding, one of 15 highly competitive grants awarded under the ARRA, was awarded to a consortium led by the Indiana Health Information Exchange (IHIE), Indiana's largest and one of the nation's most successful health information exchanges linking scores of hospitals, thousands of physicians and millions of patients through a secure, privacy protected network. 

IHIE was formed in 2004 through an unprecedented collaboration facilitated by BioCrossroads and including leading healthcare providers, research institutions, physicians' groups and public agencies.  Success under the Beacon Communities grant program, to be measured by ambitious, quantitative milestones, will advance IHIE's efforts to serve as a national model fo
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