The Department of Health and Human Services has named Cincinnati and Detroit as the final Beacon Communities to serve as pilot sites for comprehensive use of health information technology.

The department in May awarded a total of $220 million in economic stimulus funds to establish 15 Beacon Communities to tackle specific projects to improve health care and population health status. The goal is to accelerate and demonstrate the benefits of health I.T. while laying the groundwork for establishment of thousands of health I.T. jobs.

Now, the HealthBridge health information exchange serving 16 counties in the greater Cincinnati region will receive $13.8 million over three years. The funds will target use of I.T. to support coordinated care for pediatric asthma and adult diabetes, and for smoking cessation programs.

The Southeastern Michigan Health Association will receive $16.2 million over three years for projects in Detroit and the suburbs of Hamtramck, Highland Park, Dearborn and Dearborn Heights. The Detroit effort will focus on improving diabetes care.

 

--Joseph Goedert

 

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