Tenn. gets $11.6 for health information exchange

Earlier this week Tennessee received over $11.5 million from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology to expand and enhance the state’s health information exchange. The state is one of the first in the country to receive Recovery Act funding under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act.

Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen said his state “has been successful in working with local and regional health information exchanges to facilitate the adoption of early stage eHealth strategies.” ONC must approve state plans explaining how they will govern, design and launch exchanges before funding is made available.

Finance and Administration Commissioner Dave Goetz said “Tennessee is among the first states to receive this grant funding and is recognized as a leader in its approach to e-prescribing, lab and continuity of care information. This grant acknowledges the strides we’ve made as a state and provides resources to help expand those efforts.”

Tenneessee’s MidSouth eHealth Alliance and CareSpark, part of a regional network, have been exchanging clinical information since 2006.

Also this week, Governor Bredesen is hosting the National Governors Association meeting of the State Alliance for eHealth in Nashville with Vermont Governor Jim Douglas. The State Alliance for eHealth is a nationwide forum to identify health IT policies and best practices to stand up state and regional health information exchanges.

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