The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology will host a technical assistance conference call on Dec. 22 to provide more information on the new Strategic Health IT Advanced Research Projects initiative.

Called SHARP and backed with $60 million in grant funding from the economic stimulus package, the program will focus on four areas to address barriers to the adoption and meaningful use of information technology. The areas are security and risk mitigation, consumer health, new application and network architectures, and enhanced secondary use of electronic health records data (see healthdatamanagement.com/news/stimulus_research_grants-39555-1.html).

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