AMIA on the $20bn Health IT Stimulus

AMIA have published a summary for its members on the Health IT stimulus package:

Highlights of New Funds for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
• $2 billion to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC): of which $300 million is to support regional or sub-national efforts toward health information exchange; $20 million is for technical standards analysis and conformance testing by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST); and $5 million may be used for the administration of funds
• $1.5 billion to the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for construction, renovation and equipment, and the acquisition of HIT systems for PHS health centers
• $1.3 billion to the NIH National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), of which $1 billion is intended for construction, renovation and repair of non-Federal facilities and $300 million to support shared instrumentation and other capital research equipment
• $8.2 billion to the Office of the Director of NIH, of which $7.4 billion is transferred to the Institutes and Centers of NIH to support research
• $1 billion to the Secretary of HHS for prevention and wellness programs, of which $300 million goes to the CDC for immunization programs, $650 million is to be used to carry out evidence-based clinical and community-based prevention and wellness strategies to address chronic diseases, and $50 million is to be provided to States to carry out activities to reduce healthcare-associated infections
• $1.1 billion for comparative effectiveness research [see the next heading]

Read the full PDF here.

There’s also a slideshow here.

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Dr Chris Paton

Dr Chris Paton is the Group Health for Global Health Informatics at the University of Oxford.

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