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Posted on: September 8, 2011

Delta Health Alliance Receives $300,000 to Assist Healthcare Providers with Technology Upgrades

(Stoneville, MS)  Delta Health Alliance has been awarded a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grant of $300,000 to assist rural healthcare providers with installing and maintaining electronic health record systems.  According to Karen Fox, CEO of Delta Health Alliance, “As a result of this grant, healthcare providers will be able to provide better care for their patients.  Electronic health records in medical clinics make it easier to track medication, follow patient tests, and facilitate patient involvement in the treatment process.”

Delta Health Alliance has been a leader in implementing electronic health records throughout the Delta.  As a result of its work, more than 267 health care providers are using this latest technology to track patient visits and medication.  More than 600,000 patient records are now stored on the system.   According to Fox, “This grant will allow Delta Health Alliance to upgrade existing systems and then connect them to a Health Information Network, a fancy term for a computer system that allows doctors and other providers to share information about patients as they have appointments from one location to another, for example from a clinic to an emergency room”

Fox went on to say that “Delta providers have been receptive to the use of health information technology, recognizing its potential to overcome our region’s lack of access to adequate care.”  The communities targeted by this initiative includes 17 rural counties, all of which have been designated as Medically Underserved Areas (MUAs), including Bolivar, Carroll, Coahoma, Holmes, Humphreys, Issaquena, Leflore, Panola, Quitman, Sharkey, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate, Tunica, Warren, Washington, and Yazoo.

For anyone interested in learning more about health information technology, electronic health records or this grant, contact Anna Lyn Whitt at the Delta Health Alliance, or visit the DHA website: www.deltahealthalliance.org or follow DHA on Facebook.  To read the U. S. Department of Health & Human Services press release, go to http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2011pres/09/20110902a.html.