Vice President Biden and U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the selection of 15 communities across the country to serve as pilot communities for eventual wide-scale use of health information technology through the Beacon Community program.
Tulsa’s based Dr. David Kendrick; assistant provost for strategic planning is the principal investigator for the grant, which involved collaboration among the leadership of more than 50 community healthcare organizations. The grant will be administered by the Community Service Council and will be run by the Greater Tulsa Health Access Network, (Greater THAN), which is a community-wide collaborative formed by hundreds of healthcare stakeholders from 11 counties in the Tulsa area. The $220 million in Recovery Act awards will not only help achieve meaningful and measurable improvements in health care quality, safety and efficiency in the selected communities, but also help lay the groundwork for an emerging health IT industry that is expected to support tens of thousands of jobs.
Beacon Community Goals for Population Health in Service Area:
Leverage broad community partnerships with hospitals, providers, payers, and government agencies to expand a community-wide care coordination system, which will increase appropriate referrals for cancer screenings, decrease unnecessary specialist visits and (with telemedicine) increase access to care for patients with diabetes.
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