Healthcare reform law includes information technology funding for long-term care

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Long-term care facilities could be receiving funding for health information technology initiatives under the recently passed healthcare reform law, according to reports.

The Department of Health and Human Services is set to release a number of grants to long-term care facilities to help pay for electronic health record systems, according to a report from the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. The money can be used for software and hardware, including handheld computers. Other uses include upgrades to enable e-prescribing, according to HIMSS.

Other healthcare IT provisions included in the legislation include a scheme to better coordinate care for those with chronic illnesses, such as diabetes or heart disease. The law will attempt to “establish a provider network that includes care coordinators, a chronic disease registry, and home tele-health technology,” according to the HIMSS report.

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