The increasing evidence regarding the ability of health IT to improve health care quality, efficiency, safety, and access provides incentives for health centers to adopt health IT. Several health centers have been able to participate in programs made available by charitable foundations or large employers in their area for direct assistance with health IT implementation. Since many of the important benefits of health IT use (e.g., reduction in the number of avoidable trips to acute care hospital emergency facilities) will accrue to parties other than health care providers (e.g., employers, consumers), a strong business case can be made that financing the initiation and maintenance of health IT should be derived from the broader community.
Therefore, foundations are an excellent source of funds. In addition to major National Foundations such as The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation , The Kaiser Family Foundation and The William F. Kellogg Foundation . State and Local Foundations are also important sources. Examples of State Foundations of interest for health providers' health IT projects include the Tides Foundation in California and state-based healthcare conversation foundations such as the New York State Health Foundation . A web-resource for identifying foundations in your State and local area is the Foundation Center which includes a list of all health care conversion foundations as well as other foundations.
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