Long-term care IT company receives one of four HHS grants

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An information technology company for long-term care received one of four grants totaling $6 million from to pilot test electronic prescribing standards this year.

Achieve Healthcare Information Technology, Eden Prairie, MN, one of the nation's largest providers of information system products and services, will work in conjunction with facilities in the state to evaluate how e-prescribing standards work in certain long-term care settings. The project also will assess the impact of e-prescribing on the workflow among prescribers, nurses, the pharmacies and payers.

Grant money also was provided to RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, CA; SureScripts, Alexandria, VA; and Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston.

The test project will be run by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The results of the project will be published in a report to Congress in April 2007, and final standards are scheduled to be adopted in 2008.