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HHS Awards $139 Million to Drive Adoption of Health Information

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The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced $139 million in grants and contracts to promote the use of health information technology (HIT). Awarded through HHS's Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), this multiyear program builds on President Bush's initiative to use HIT to improve the nation's health care system.

These awards will provide insight into how best to use HITs to improve patient safety by reducing medication errors; increasing the use of shared health information between providers, laboratories, pharmacies, and patients; helping to ensure safer patient transitions between health care settings, including hospitals, doctors' offices, and …

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