National Coordinator for Health IT Karen B. DeSalvo, M.D., M.P.H., M.Sc., announced today the availability of $1 million in grant funds to support community projects for the Community Interoperability Health Information Exchange (HIE) Program. The funding will help support and enable the flow of health information at the community level, leading to better care and better health.
Community Interoperability HIE Program Overview
The Community Interoperability and HIE program will provide funds to up to ten community organizations, state or local government agencies, or other community groups at up to $100k each. The awards will help unlock health information and better integrate community resources advancing better care and healthier communities.
“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. The new Community Interoperability and HIE program will fund local efforts that will leverage health IT in support of a more comprehensive digital data picture of health for people and their communities,” said Dr. DeSalvo.
Proposed projects should focus on all three of the following areas to support the project theme:
– Area One: Identify a specific non-eligible care provider population—those who will ultimately use the HIE service or tool
– Area Two: Extend an existing HIE service or use case
– Area Three: Engagement strategy for Use by the Non-eligible care provider population
Under the new grant program, awardees will demonstrate the use of health IT to the wide range of health providers, including those that are not eligible under the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs. These include long-term and post-acute care providers, behavioral health providers, individuals and their caregivers, and other care setting and providers. These additional providers could also be safety net providers, public health, social service, emergency medical services and other key members of the care continuum.
The deadline for the submission of applications is
Notice of Intent to Apply Due May 15, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. EDT
Applications Due June 15, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. EDT
Informational Webinar May 6, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. EDT
The submission application is available athttp://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=275875.