HEALTHeLINK, a health information exchange serving the Buffalo, N.Y. region, has started rolling out an initiative to improve diabetes management.

The HIE was one of 15 community-based organizations awarded a total of $220 million in economic stimulus funds to create "Beacon Communities" to serve as pilot sites for comprehensive use of health information technology. The goal is to accelerate and demonstrate the benefits of health I.T. while laying the groundwork for establishment of tens of thousands of health I.T. jobs.

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