"beacon" Posts

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Learning Health IT from ONC Beacon Communities

Aaron McKethan | December 8, 2010

Core Aims of Beacon Communities
Through the Beacon Communities program, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has identified 17 diverse communities—from Maine to Hawaii—that are serving as leaders in health IT. Building on their past successes, these communities have three aims over the next several years:

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Two New ONC Beacon Communities Join the Family

Aaron McKethan | September 2, 2010

The Beacon Community program seeks to demonstrate how health IT-enabled improvements in health care quality, efficiency, and population health are possible, sustainable, and replicable in diverse communities across America. The program includes average three-year awards of $15 million to diverse communities with above-average electronic health record adoption rates and, in most cases, experience with information exchange. Collaborations of leaders from each of the 15 Beacon Communities that were awarded back in May have been busy operationalizing and implementing their health IT-enabled innovations that can support new ways of coordinating and streamlining health care and,

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ONC Beacon Communities Lead the Charge

Dr. David Blumenthal | May 5, 2010

Across the nation, in communities large and small, health information technology (health IT) innovators are boldly leading the way toward the adoption and meaningful use of electronic health records (EHRs). Yesterday, we awarded $220 million in Beacon Community cooperative agreements to 15 trailblazing community consortiums that will demonstrate how the meaningful use of electronic health records can serve as a critical foundation for achieving measurable improvement in the quality and efficiency of health care in the United States.

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