CVHS gets IT grant

Published 2:55 pm Tuesday, September 20, 2016

New Canton-based Central Virginia Health Services Inc. (CVHS) has received more than $103,292 in grant funds for health information technology enhancements. According to a press release, CVHS received the grant from the Affordable Care Act’s Community Health Center Fund.

The announcement came from Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell, who announced $1.469 million in funding for 25 Virginia health centers for information technology enhancements. CVHS has 18 health centers across the commonwealth.

“Health centers across the country are instrumental in providing high-quality, comprehensive primary health care to millions of people,” Burwell said. “This investment will help unlock healthcare data and put it to work, improving health outcomes and building a better health care system for the American people.”

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The funding will support health information technology enhancements to accelerate health centers’ transition to value-based models of care, improve efforts to share and use information to support better decisions and increase engagement in delivery system transformation, officials said in the release.

“To support these goals, all purchases or upgrades of electronic health record systems made with the funding must use technology that is certified by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. This is the first significant investment since 2009 directly awarded to health centers to support the purchase of health information technology.”

“These awards will allow health centers to deliver higher quality of care to patients and spend healthcare dollars in a smarter way,” said Jim Macrae, Health Resources and Services Administration acting administrator.

According to the release, nearly 1,400 health centers, operating over 9,800 sites, provide care to more than 24 million people across the nation, in every U.S. state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and the Pacific Basin.