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Grants Available To Electronically Connect Health Care Providers

Officials with the Pennsylvania’s eHealth Partnership Authority plan to grant about $10 million to hospitals and ambulatory providers in an effort to digitize and streamline medical services. They will be able to connect to the Pennsylvania Patient Provider Network.

This is a continuation of the grant program and effort they started last year.

Dave Grinberg, the authority's deputy director, says this is crucial to move so doctors' offices, hospitals, labs and all the other players in the health care community “can exchange information accurately and securely to improve patient care coordination,” he said.

Brick and mortar hospitals can apply for up to $70,000 and ambulatory services can apply for up to $50,000. Grinberg says the hope is to have all the members of the health care community connected.

“The more people we can get connected, the more valuable this is,” he said. 

Provided by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and other state government sources, the grant is expected to run from Oct. 1 through Sept. 30, 2016. The Pennsylvania Department of Health Services will distribute all funds.