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Monday, October 12, 2009

FED HIT CHIEF HAS BILLIONS FOR PHYSICIANS' OFFICES

I joined other Texas leaders in health information technology (HIT) for a private meeting with David Blumenthal, MD, the National Coordinator for HIT in the Obama administration. Dr. Blumenthal told us about how his office plans to distribute $2 billion in federal stimulus funds to bring electronic health record (EHR) systems to physicians’ offices, starting with primary care physicians. As we reported in last week’s EVPGram, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services notified us that our grant application to help physicians become meaningful users of EHRs has passed the first hurdle. We are working with county medical societies and other stakeholders in Texas to plan our next step in the grant process.

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