The Department ofÂ Health and Human Services plans to award approximatelyÂ $87 million in fundsÂ to support health information technology updates at 1,310 health centers across the U.S. and inÂ Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and the Pacific Basin.
HHS said Thursday the funds will helpÂ health centers transition to value-based care models; use and share health information to support decisions; and facilitateÂ engagement in delivery system transformation.
“This investment will help unlock health care data and put it to work, improving health outcomes and building a better health care system for the American people,” said HHS SecretaryÂ Sylvia Burwell.
The department added health centers must use the funds toÂ buy or updateÂ electronic health record systems usingÂ technologyÂ that is approved by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.
FundsÂ will come from the Affordable Care Actâs Community Health Center Fund thatÂ was extended throughÂ the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, HHS noted.
The complete list of grant recipients is posted on theÂ Health Resources and Services Administration‘s website.