$3 Million EMR Grant Window Closes with Overwhelming Response from Tampa Bay

01/29/2008 |

Nearly 90 physician practices in the Tampa Bay area applied for a portion of the $3 million grant from the Center for Community Health Leadership (CCHL) for free electronic medical records and connectivity software.

Applicants represent nearly 900 healthcare providers in 250 offices, and approximately three million patient visits a year; more than triple the number of providers that the grant award is expected to accommodate. The grant application period is now closed.

“We’re very excited about the response we’ve received from healthcare providers in Tampa Bay who are eager to adopt electronic medical records systems in their practices,” said David Schlaifer, CEO of Doctor’s Administrative Solutions (DAS), the Tampa-based software integrator who sponsored the grant application.

“Helping these providers to adopt and implement electronic health records will constitute a major step toward realizing the goal of a truly connected healthcare community and better access to information for patients and providers,” Schlaifer said. “We hope Tampa Bay will serve as a model for other regions around the state, and the country, to emulate.”

Schlaifer spearheaded the community-wide effort to secure the $3 million grant last year to accelerate the adoption of electronic health records among physicians and other health providers in the Tampa Bay area.

The practices chosen to receive the free electronic medical records software will be announced by the Center over the next few months. Implementation and training on EMR systems will begin this spring and continue through 2009.

Grant applications for the free software were open to every physician provider and home health company in Pinellas, Hillsborough and South Pasco counties. The software will make it possible to share patient information among providers in a secure and appropriate way, leading to reduced costs, enhanced healthcare information adoption and more efficient and effective patient care.

The Center for Community Health Leadership selected Tampa Bay as a grant recipient because of the region’s reputation for healthcare excellence, a strong project champion and its commitment to making the idea of community data sharing a reality. More information about the grant program and the upcoming announcement of grant recipients can be found online at www.dr-connect.com

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