Supports formal rural health networks that focus on activities relating to the recruitment, education, training, and retention of HIT specialists. This program will also provide support to rural health networks that can leverage and enhance existing HIT training materials to develop formal training programs, which will provide instructional opportunities to current health care staff, local displaced workers, rural residents, veterans, and other potential students. These formal training programs will result in the development of a cadre of HIT workers who can help rural hospitals and clinics implement and maintain systems, such as electronic health records (HER), telehealth, home monitoring and mobile health technology, and meet HER meaningful use standards.
This program will provide funding during Federal fiscal years 2013 - 2015. Approximately $4,500,000 is expected to be available annually to fund between 10 - 15 grantees. Applicants may apply for a ceiling amount of up to $300,000 per year. The project period is 3 years. Cost sharing is not required.
Multiple applications from an organization are not allowable. An applicant may not be involved as a formal network member in different networks applying to this funding opportunity.
Applicants are required to notify the State Office of Rural Health (SORH) or other appropriate State government entities of their intent to apply to this program.
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