Feds Will Help Fund NY Electronic Health Records
Federal grants totaling $48.2 million will help primary care providers in New York adopt electronic health records, as part of a larger federal program establishing 32 regional extension centers to assist providers countrywide in setting up efficient EHR systems. The state of New York plans to assist health care providers with seven free events throughout May, which will attempt to show how deploying EHRs can make a practice more efficient. The Department of Health and Human Services previously announced that nearly a billion federal dollars would be spent on furthering EHR technology.Federal grants totaling $48.2 million will help New York primary care providers adopt electronic health records. That money will filter to a pair of regional extension centers, the New York eHealth Collaborative and NYC REACH (New York City Regional Electronic Adoption Center for Health), which will assist those primary care providers in carrying out the implementation of those records. Providers will also have the opportunity to qualify for about $63,750 in incentives. "Our goal is to help approximately 10,000 primary care providers in the state of New York adopt EHRs within two years to enhance patient care and the efficiency of their practices," David Whitlinger, executive director of New York eHealth Collaborative, said in a May 5 statement. "The federal subsidies supporting adoption of [EHRs] will be available only for a couple of years, so it's important for primary care providers in New York to act now to take advantage of these programs while there are still funds available."
Seven free events highlighting the initiative will take place in the next few weeks, with the first being held May 13 at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge. That event will include explanations of how EHRs can assist in streamlining health care, with "health technology experts" hosting afternoon sessions on deploying EHRs in their practices. A registration Website can be found here.