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Where Can I Learn About Federal, State, and Foundation Funding Support?

As noted by the Commonwealth Fund go to exit disclaimer, funding concerns or inadequate funding are the most significant barriers to health IT adoption.  Since the cost of adoption is often steep, you should seek support from various entities.  It is important to explore Federal, State, and foundation funding opportunities.  

As a result of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), new sources of funding exist for implementation of EHRs.  An example of an organization making use of such funding is the University of California – San Francisco, which has received $2 million in stimulus funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study the use of personal health records (PHRs) in HIV prevention and improvements in health outcomes for HIV/AIDS patients.  Also, the Medicaid and Medicare EHR Incentive Programs (Meaningful Use) offer support for the purchase, upgrade, adoption, and demonstration of meaningful use of EHRs.  These incentives offer up to $63,750 for participating Medicaid providers and $44,000 for participating Medicare providers over a five years, beginning in 2011.  

State and local initiatives can also play a big role in financing solutions, but may not appear on national websites.  Information regarding direct funding or new loan programs may also be available at meetings held by professional associations, relevant County and State agencies and local chambers of commerce.  These forums also provide the opportunity to make the case regarding the need for support for health IT implementation from these stakeholders.

In addition, providers should monitor community funding opportunities online and sign up or email alerts for grant programs offered by major foundations.  On a national level, several foundations such as The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Commonwealth Fund and The William F. Kellogg Foundation, provide useful information and can be significant funding sources.  Examples of State foundations with interest in health IT projects include the Tides Foundation, the California Healthcare Foundation, and state-based healthcare conversation foundations such as the New York State Health Foundation.

Related Resources:

Federal Funding Opportunities

Open Opportunities – Link to HRSA’s current grant opportunities.
AHRQ Funding Opportunities – AHRQ Health IT Funding Announcements.
National Library of Medicine Knowledge Management & Applied Informatics Grants (G08) go to exit disclaimer–Grants to enable delivery of high quality scientific or health-related information to end-users.
Grants.gov go to exit disclaimer– Single access point for federal grants.
FedBizOpps go to exit disclaimer– Single access point for federal contracts and procurements.

State Government Funding Opportunities

National Conference of State Legislatures go to exit disclaimer

Foundation Funding Opportunities

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation go to exit disclaimer
Commonwealth Fund go to exit disclaimer
William F. Kellogg Foundation go to exit disclaimer
California HealthCare Foundation go to exit disclaimer
NY State Health Foundation go to exit disclaimer

Other resources:

The Health IT Stimulus and FQHCs  go to exit disclaimer– This article discusses the availability of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds for health IT by FQHCs.

Health Information Technology (HIT) Step-By-Step Action Plan go to exit disclaimer– This guide describes the steps involved in the health IT implementation planning process, in which funding is the first step.

Grants Aim To Improve HIV/AIDS Care Through Health IT Initiatives go to exit disclaimer– This article summarizes recent grant activities in the area of health IT and improvements in care coordination for the HIV/AIDS community.

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