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Grants To Support Interconnected Electronic Health Records

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Electronic Health Records

Minnesota Department of Health's Office of Rural Health and Primary Care has awarded grants totaling $3.5 million to help Minnesota providers develop electronic patient health records systems.

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The funding comes from the Interconnected Electronic Health Record Grant Program, a part of Governor Pawlenty's e-Health Initiative. The e-Health initiative is part of a broader set of strategies designed to improve the quality and efficiency of health care.

Minnesota law requires all Minnesota health care providers to use electronic patient health records by January 1, 2015. The Interconnected Electronic Health Record Grant Program is intended to help community collaboratives, community clinics, rural hospitals, small town physician clinics, nursing homes, and other small health care providers transition from paper records to electronic systems. These interoperable electronic health records will allow health care providers to exchange patient health information and deliver optimal care at all points of the health care system.

Seven community projects received planning and readiness grants between $23,000 and $50,000. They are: