HHS helps family physicians migrate to e-health records

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services awarded a grant to the American Academy of Family Physicians to support a pilot to provide electronic health record software for the health care industry.

The $100,000 grant announced on Friday is part of the Bush administration's goal that most Americans have electronic health records within 10 years. CMS is an agency of the Health and Human Services Department.

The grant will assist the physician group plan, implement and evaluate a pilot in which participating medical practices will adopt low-cost, standards-based electronic health records. The industry group will support and monitor the transition to electronic health records in these practices and learn what factors encourage or hinder the physicians' adoption of the technology.

"This project is an opportunity for CMS to further its objective of improving the quality and efficiency of health care services provided to Medicare beneficiaries by promoting the adoption of EHR and information technology in small and medium-sized ambulatory care practices," said CMS Administrator Dr. Mark McClellan.

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Mary Mosquera is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.

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