The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology will hold a technical assistance call on Dec. 14 for communities interested in the new Beacon Communities program to accelerate and demonstrate the benefits of health information technology.

Funded 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 (see story).

Applications for funding are due on Feb. 1, 2010. Awards are anticipated in March 2010 and programs will last for three years. For more information, visit grants.gov/search/basic.do, and enter 93.727 in the CFDA box.

To access the Dec. 14 technical assistance call, from 12:00-2:00 EST, click here.

--Joseph Goedert

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