Buttressed with stimulus money, there's a lot of grant and loan opportunities available for provider organizations seeking help to advance their use of information technologies, according to Brian Dixon, health I.T. project manager at the Regenstrief Institute in Indianapolis.

Speaking at the HIMSS 2010 Annual Conference & Exhibition in Atlanta, Dixon laid out tips for finding the opportunities and completing applications. Organizations can use professional, fee-based services to assist in the grant-search process, he noted. Chicago-based HIMSS offers such a service, at himss.org/ASP/grantsadvantage.asp. The federally funded Rural Assistance Center provides customized assistance with funding searches and listservs for rural health and human services organizations, at raconline.org.

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