Government and Regulations

HHS Grants Fund Health IT in Communities

Organizations, government agencies, or other community groups that demonstrate the use of health information technology to a wide range of health care providers are eligible to receive HHS grant funding. Applications are due June 15, 2015.


To enhance the “flow of health information at the community level,” HHS is offering $1 million in grants to fund community projects for the Community Interoperability and Health Information Exchange (HIE) Program. The program will provide funds to up to 10 community organizations, state or local government agencies, or other community groups. Awardees will demonstrate the use of health information technology to a wide range of health care providers, such as long-term and postacute care providers, individuals and their caregivers, and behavioral health care providers.

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“The flow of health information across the entire care continuum is a critical step to realizing a learning health system that results in not only better care, but healthier people and communities,” said Karen B. DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc, national coordinator for health information technology. The program, she said, will promote a “more comprehensive digital data picture of health for people and their communities.”

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The deadline to submit applications is June 15, 2015. Applications are available at

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