HHS Announces New HIE Grant Funding Opportunity
New FOA includes $28 million in grants to Advance Interoperable Health Information Technology Services to Support Health Information Exchange
February 25, 2015 12:32 PM
Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell recently announced a new ONC Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) investing in health information exchange (HIE) as part of a Department-wide effort to achieve the safe and secure exchange and use of electronic health information to improve health and transform care. Dr. Karen DeSalvo later announced two more FOAs designed to strengthen the health IT workforce and build on work done by the 17 Beacon Communities to innovate health care delivery with the goal of building a learning health system.
These three funding opportunities, worth approximately $36 million, demonstrate HHS and ONC's commitment to making the vision of interoperability described in the Shared Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap a reality. Better access to data where and when it is needed will significantly aid the effort to transform the health care delivery system into one that provides better care, spends health care dollars smarter and results in healthier patients. More information can be found in the News Release on Healthit.gov, and in two new blog posts that detail the funding opportunity announcements (FOA).
The three new FOAs are:
Advance Interoperable Health Information Technology Services to Support Health Information Exchange FOA
This two-year grant program will support 10 to 12 states, territories, or state designated entities that leverage investments and lessons learned to advance the standardized, secure, and interoperable movement of health information across organizations, vendors, and geographic boundaries. A total of $28 million will be made available through this ONC program. Organizations will be required to network and share information.
Community Health Peer Learning Program FOA
The new Community Health Peer Learning Program will bring communities together to work in partnership with national experts, local technical experts, consumers, stakeholders, and ONC to facilitate shared community learning and problem solving through a collaborative learning program. Participant communities will be required to identify an impactful, measureable, and actionable work plan to improve the use of health information to achieve community and population health. Community Health Peer Learning Program participants will identify data solutions, accelerate local progress, disseminate best practices and learning guides, and help inform national strategy around population health challenges.
Workforce Training Program FOA
Interested in training health care workers on topics like population health, care coordination, payment models that support new care delivery and payment Models, and Value Based Care? This program improves on the need to educate and cross-train individuals pursuing careers in health IT. This program will update training materials from the original Workforce Curriculum Development Program and train health care workers to use new health information technologies in a variety of settings: team-based care environment, long-term care facilities, patient-centered medical homes, accountable care organizations, hospitals and clinics.