Program targets groups working together to improve medical technology
The Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) will continue to accept applications for the e-Prescribing grant program, a CHFS and e-Health Network Board initiative to strengthen Kentucky’s e-Health infrastructure and foster partnerships among health care organizations across the state.
The e-Health Network extended the application deadline to Wednesday, Dec. 13, to give potential applicants more time to prepare applications and organize partnerships. CHFS also has modified the guidelines to allow grantees up to 10 months to implement their proposals and to allow physician practices with electronic medical records to participate in e-Prescribing partnerships.
The program, e-Prescribing Partnerships in Kentucky (ePPIK), will help health care professionals maximize the benefits of e-Prescribing, the use of computer technology to record and transmit pharmaceutical records, prescriptions and refill authorizations.
Specifically, grant awards are for groups of physicians, pharmacists and other health care providers who work together to implement e-Prescribing in their communities. CHFS will provide up to $90,000 to assist partners with purchase of health information technology and the development of business relationships needed to implement e-Prescribing.
CHFS is partnering with the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) to administer this program.
The program will award grants to partnerships of physicians that invest collectively in e-Prescribing technology in up to four Kentucky communities. These grants will match up to $90,000 in e-Prescribing and electronic medical record (EMR) investment by community partnerships that apply and are selected. Physicians are encouraged to partner with members of other practice groups, as well as with other organizations within their community, such as clinics, hospitals, health plans or employers. The grants will help fund the purchase of technology or services necessary to begin e-Prescribing, either in a standalone system or within a more robust EMR system.
The goal of Kentucky’s e-Health efforts is to improve health care by using technology and collaboration to provide Kentuckians with health information that is useful, timely and accurate. A secure, integrated e-Health Network could reduce medical errors, improve patient privacy, lower administrative costs and help make electronic medical records available to Kentuckians. The effort positions Kentucky to meet the goal set forth by President Bush for most Americans to have electronic medical records by 2014.
The ePPIK grant application is available at http://www.gold.ky.gov/grants/stategrants/eprescribing.
Questions regarding the grant application should be directed to Gene Kiser in the Office of Special Programs at GOLD at (800) 346-5606 or Gene.firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the e-Health Network and its board members, visit http://ehealth.ky.gov.