The Massachusetts eHealth Institute (MeHI) at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative has announced that $2 million is available to fund projects that catalyze connections to the statewide Health Information Exchange called the “Mass HIway”. Successful proposals will aim toward measurable improvements in care quality, population health, and cost containment through use of health information technology and the Mass HIway.
The Mass HIway program is funded through HHS in the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) of Health IT. ONC has designated funds in support of states and their efforts to rapidly build capacity for exchanging health information across the healthcare system. The “Last Mile Program” is working collaboratively with the State Executive Office for Health and Human Services and is using program funding to fund the Mass HIway Implementation Grants.
Applicants may apply for grant awards for amounts up to $75,000 with proposals due April 16, 2013 with awards to be announced in May. Applicants will need to perform some or all of the following steps:
- Determine how you intend to leverage the Mass HIway
- Partner with organizations to exchange information
- Select connection options
- Sign the Mass HIway participation agreement and agree to the Mass HIway enrollment fee structure
- Load participants into the Participant Directory
- Use the Mass HIway to refine workflows
The Mass HIway team is hosting online information sessions throughout March. For more information, on the “Mass HIway Implementation Grants Solicitation” (2013-MeHI-09), go to www.mehi.masstech.org/hiway-implementation-grants.