The Departments of Health and Human Services and Labor have announced the awarding of $988 million in stimulus grant funds for statewide health information exchange initiatives, regional extension centers and the training of health I.T. professionals.

The HHS grants include $386 million to 40 states or state-designated entities to facilitate state-level HIEs.  Another $375 million from HHS was awarded to 32 not-for-profit organizations to develop and operate regional extension centers to offer technical assistance to providers. The stimulus package authorizes funds for up to 70 such centers.

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