Health IT Projects Nab Funds in New Round of Innovation Awards

On Friday, HHS announced 81 new Health Care Innovation Awards worth a total of $772 million, Modern Healthcare reports (Zigmond, Modern Healthcare, 6/15).

The winning projects -- combined with the 26 innovation award winners announced last month -- are expected to help reduce health care spending by about $1.9 billion over the next three years, according to CMS (AHA News, 6/15).

Details of the Awards

The latest innovation award recipients are located in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

The funds aim to support innovative projects that could help deliver high-quality care, reduce costs and enhance the health care workforce (Monegain, Healthcare IT News, 6/15).

Health IT-Related Projects

Some of the latest innovation awards went to organizations working on health IT-related projects, including:

  • Altarum Institute in Michigan, which received $8,366,178 to reduce unnecessary imaging tests in part by establishing a data exchange system between primary care centers and imaging facilities;
  • Bronx Regional Health Information Organization in New York, which received $12,839,157 to create an informatics center that will develop data registries and predictive systems to help clinicians manage care for high-risk, high-cost patients; and
  • The Curators of the University of Missouri, which received $13,265,444 to use advanced health IT tools and other interventions to coordinate care for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries (Health Care Innovation Award Profiles, 6/15).

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