Grants Support IT Training, HIEs

$750 million in stimulus money More than $750 million worth of federal grants will fund state health information exchanges as well as new regional extension centers offering healthcare IT training, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The funding, announced Feb. 12, comes from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, also known as the economic stimulus bill.

Where the money goes

Some $386 million will go to 40 states and agencies to support health information exchanges. HIEs enable the secure sharing of health information, including electronic health records, among organizations.

Another $375 million will go to 32 not-for-profit organizations to support the development of regional extension centers to provide training on healthcare IT topics, including security.

HHS plans to announce additional funding for more extension centers and HIEs in the months to come, according to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

Additional grants

In addition to the $750 million in grants that HHS announced, the U.S. Department of Labor announced $225 million in stimulus grants to train 15,000 workers for various jobs in healthcare, IT and other "high growth" fields. The grants will fund 55 training programs in 30 states.

To view a press release, which lists all the grant recipients, click here.

About the Author

Howard Anderson

Howard Anderson

Former News Editor, ISMG

Anderson was news editor of Information Security Media Group and founding editor of HealthcareInfoSecurity and DataBreachToday. He has more than 40 years of journalism experience, with a focus on healthcare information technology issues. Before launching HealthcareInfoSecurity, he served as founding editor of Health Data Management magazine, where he worked for 17 years, and he served in leadership roles at several other healthcare magazines and newspapers.

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