The Department of Health and Human Services is making $235 million in stimulus funding available to 15 "Beacon Communities" to accelerate and demonstrate the benefits of health information technology.

The program is funded under the $2 billion in "jump start" immediate funds available under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The program will provide $220 million in grants to 15 communities to build and strengthen their health I.T. infrastructure and health information exchange capabilities. Another $15 million will be provided for technical assistance.

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