Governor Paterson Announces $140 Million in Grants for Health Care Information Technology

ALBANY, N.Y. (July 12, 2010) - Governor David A. Paterson today announced the availability of $140 million in grants to health facilities across the State to advance health information technology (IT) and support capital restructuring and long-term care improvements.

"New York health care centers are known for their expertise in patient care, and I am proud to offer these competitive grants to provide much needed technology upgrades that will save them money and create more efficient ways of caring for those in need," Governor Paterson said.

The funding, approved by the Legislature as part of the state budget, is part of the Health Care Efficiency and Affordability Law for New Yorkers (HEAL NY) to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the State's health care system.

The funds will be administered by the New York State Department of Health (DOH) and the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY).

The grants will continue to advance New York's health information infrastructure based on clinical and programmatic priorities and specific goals for improving quality, affordability and outcomes. The funding will support community-based health IT projects to streamline the sharing of patient information. These projects will lead to significant savings in health care in the coming years. Unnecessary paperwork and redundancies throughout the system will be removed, and doctors and nurses will have better access to information of patients who transfer from one medical center to another.

Projects will improve care coordination and management through a model encompassing the full continuum of care at the community level – including mental health, long term care, and home health care – supported by the implementation and effective use of interoperable health information infrastructure.

New York's health care reforms are based on the Patient Centered Medical Home model, which health care professionals believe to be the most effective by establishing a partnership among doctors, nurses, patients and their families to ensure that patients have the support they need to participate in their own care.

State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D. said: "We look forward to moving the State's health information infrastructure to the next stage in development and establishing an operational statewide health information exchange that puts clinical information in the hands of practitioners when and where they need it."

DASNY President Paul T. Williams, Jr. said: "These grants will provide the foundation for an improved statewide health information infrastructure that will serve patients, doctors and other medical professionals by making vital communications more efficient, accurate and accessible. DASNY welcomes the opportunity to continue its record of service to health care facilities and the people of the State of New York.  We look forward to working with the Department of Health on administering funds for this important work."

New York State has invested nearly $300 million in health care information technology, with another $280 million invested by local health care providers. With this new round of funding, New York's total investment in improved health IT will be more than $710 million.

Applications are due August 9. Details are posted at www.nyhealth.gov/funding/