CDC Grants Aim at Using RHIOs To Share Public Health Data


CDC has awarded three contracts worth $38 million for health information exchanges and regional health information organizations to create data sharing plans and deliver data to public health authorities, Government Health IT reports.

The awards were named in conjunction with a program led by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT to begin trial implementations for the Nationwide Health Information Network.

Award recipients are:

  • The Indiana University School of Medicine, which received $10 million over five years to continue its work with the Regenstrief Institute, the Marion County Health Department and the state health department on tracking disease outbreaks by monitoring data from the Indiana Health Information Exchange;
  • Science Applications International, which received $8 million over five years, for an undisclosed project; and
  • Health Research, a New York-based not-for-profit organization. Government Health IT reports that no one at Health Research was available to comment on the award.

CDC was expected to announce the awards in December 2007. The agency did not explain the delay (Ferris, Government Health IT, 3/12).

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