The Office of the National Coordinator has awarded $12.2 million in stimulus funds to 48 regional extension centers to aid critical access and rural hospitals in adopting electronic health records.

The funds bring total funding for REC assistance to hospitals under the HITECH Act to about $32 million. RECs previously received a total of $19.85 million in funds to serve small hospitals with the funding capped at $12,000 per hospital. ONC recently announced the additional funding to bump the cap to $18,000 and accepted applications through Jan. 12.

Now, 48 of the nation's 62 RECs will receive more funds, ranging from $18,000 to more than $1 million. "The intent of this supplement is to provide additional technical support to critical access and rural hospitals with fewer than 50 beds in selecting and implementing EHR systems primarily within the outpatient setting," according to an ONC statement.

For a list of the awards, click here.

--Joseph Goedert


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