DSU Grant Provides Technical Support for Healthcare
Dakota State University is the recipient of a $576,000 grant to provide technical support assistance to critical access and rural hospital facilities in South Dakota as they convert from paper-based medical records to certified electronic health record technology.
The award will be used by HealthPOINT, a program of DSU's Center for the Advancement of Health Information Technology (CAHIT), to help health care providers in South Dakota implement electronic health records and exchange information in a secure, private manner.
"Critical access and rural hospital facilities are a key component in building partnerships with healthcare providers to improve the quality of care to all South Dakotas through the use of health information technology," said Kevin Boyum, operations manager at HealthPOINT.
"The benefits of health information technology are especially important for South Dakotans in small and rural health care settings, yet these facilities face more challenges with finding local expertise and resources as they look toward joining in the transition to electronic information. With this grant, HealthPOINT becomes South Dakota's complete resource and support center in health information technology for all healthcare providers," Boyum said.
There are 48 critical access and rural hospital facilities in South Dakota that have the potential of benefitting from this new grant which is being provided under the Health Information Technology Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
About HealthPOINT (www.healthpoint.dsu.edu)
HealthPOINT is the federally-designated health information technology (HIT) resource and support center for all South Dakota healthcare providers. HealthPOINT specializes in assisting healthcare providers in analyzing their practice readiness and opportunities to achieve tangible results from the implementation and effective utilization of electronic health records (EHRs).
Funded by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
ARRA Grant # 90RC0062/01