DSU receives $288,000 in stimulus funding
Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) announced today that Dakota State University’s HealthPOINT program in Madison will receive a $288,000 grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). This funding, administered by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), will be used to help rural hospitals continue to make the transition from paper to electronic health records.
“I am pleased to see that this stimulus funding will be used to supply health care providers in South Dakota with the tools they need to receive care more efficiently and effectively,” Johnson said. “HealthPOINT will have the ability to continue to work with local health facilities to modernize health records and give patients higher quality care.”
HealthPOINT is a federally-designated health information technology resource and support center for South Dakota medical providers. Its mission is to help these facilities implement and effectively utilize electronic health records (EHRs). This funding will provide technical support assistance to rural hospital and critical access facilities throughout South Dakota, and help them join the national transition from paper-based medical records to EHRs.
As a member of the Senate Rural Health Caucus, Johnson has continually pushed for increased funding for the utilization of new medical technology so that more South Dakotans have access to quality health care.
The stimulus package signed by President Obama is focused on tax cuts for the middle class, infrastructure investments and job creation. This funding is a prime example of the kind of resources the legislation provides to help improve communities while advancing South Dakota’s economy.