March 21, 2010


No State Left Behind: HHS Announces That All 50 States Have Been Awarded Grants

Well, all the states are covered. On Monday, March 15, 2010, HHS Secretary Sebelius announced that an additional $162 million in grant money was being awarded to 16 states and “qualified state entities” for the state  Health Information Exchange (HIE) Cooperative Agreement Program. Although this is only a small chunk of the $2 billion allocated to drive HIT adoption under the ARRA incentives, this round accomplishes the goal of providing some HIT funding to each of the 50 states.
The HIEs funded include several states where DrFirst is very active (even my home state of Maryland), and we hope to participate with data to be exchanged in these programs. These grants are in addition to the $385 million released to 40 states back in February of this year, and hopefully these grants will be used to jump-start ARRA-related programs that will result in physician HIT incentives in 2011.
To see which states were awarded this round of grants visit Healthcare IT News at

About ifroehlich

Ms. Froehlich has been with DrFirst since its inception in 2000. In her role as Director of Marketing, she oversees the planning, directing, and coordinating all marketing and public relations efforts at DrFirst. Ms. Froehlich has a B.S. in Communications from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.