The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced on September 16, 2016 that Heartland Community Health Center has been awarded the Delivery System Health Information Investment award (DSHII) for $44,789. This one-time award will allow strategic investments in health information technology enhancements at the health center.

“Heartland remains on the front lines of progressive health initiatives and that requires enhancing the technological infrastructure to support our clinical work,” said Allie Nicholson, Heartland’s Operations Manager. “We’re grateful for grant support that allows us to better serve our patients.”

The purpose of the DSHII award is to:

• Accelerate health centers’ transition to value-based models of care
• Improve efforts to share and use information to support better decisions
• Increase engagement in delivery system transformation

“Health centers across the country are instrumental in providing high-quality, comprehensive primary health care to millions of people,” said US Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell . “This investment will help unlock health care data and put it to work, improving health outcomes and building a better health care system for the American people.”

At Heartland, these IT enhancements will promote advanced accurate readings, efficiency in documentation, and improved provider outcomes. As a result, Heartland expects to see enhanced, accurate documentation, improved clinical satisfaction, improved patient satisfaction, increased portability, and the increased ability to encourage patient engagement.

HHS awards over $87 million for health centers’ IT enhancements