Governor's Office for Local Development
e-Prescribing Grant Applications Sought
Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Mark D. Birdwhistell announced today that CHFS and the Kentucky e-Health Network Board are ready to start accepting applications for a new ePrescribing grant program.
The program, e-Prescribing Partnerships in Kentucky (ePPIK), will help health care professionals maximize the benefits of e-Prescribing in their communities. Specifically, grant awards are for groups of physicians, pharmacists and other health care providers who work together to improve technology in their offices.
“The ePPIK grant program will help Kentucky make progress toward a more efficient and effective health care system,” said Gov. Ernie Fletcher. “The main barriers to greater use of technology in health care are cost and technical support. By providing grant funds and encouraging partnerships in communities, we’re working to make the adoption of technology easier for the medical community.”
e-Prescribing allows for secure, interactive communication between physicians and pharmacies for the submission of prescriptions, refill authorizations and other patient-based information related to pharmaceuticals. By using technology, rather than pens and paper, it has the potential to dramatically reduce medical errors and increase efficiency.
The $300,000 program, one of several breakthrough projects done in partnership with the Kentucky e-Health Network Board, is made possible by a $150,000 grant from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and funds from the KASPER program. CHFS will provide up to $90,000 to assist partners with purchase of e-Prescribing or electronic medical records technology. CHFS is partnering with the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) to administer this program.
“We’re exciting to begin this wonderful new program that will assist the medical community as it transitions from a paper-based system of health care to an electronic health network,” said Birdwhistell. “e-Health holds so much promise to dramatically improve standards of care across the country. We’re extremely proud that Kentucky is at the forefront as we head into a new era of medicine.”
The program will award grants to partnerships of physicians that invest collectively in ePrescribing technology in Kentucky communities. Community partnerships that apply and are selected will be required to match funds they receive under the grant program. Physicians are encouraged to partner with members of other practice groups, as well as with other organizations within their community, such as clinics, hospitals, health plans or employers.
The grants will help fund the purchase of technology or services necessary to begin ePrescribing, either in a standalone system or within a more robust EMR system.
The goal of Kentucky’s e-Health efforts is to improve health care by using technology and collaboration to improve the quality and efficiency of health care. A secure, integrated e-Health Network could reduce medical errors, improve patient privacy, lower administrative costs and help make electronic medical records available to Kentuckians. The effort positions Kentucky to meet the goal set forth by President Bush for most Americans to have electronic medical records by 2014.
Further information about the e-Health Network and its board members can be found at www.chfs.ky.gov/ehealth.