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eHealth Exchange Announces $550,000 Innovation Grant Program

Network Is Incentivizing Innovative Electronic Health Information Exchange Nationwide

(VIENNA, VA – September 14, 2021) The eHealth Exchange, one of the nation’s largest health information networks connecting federal agencies and providers, today announced the launch of the eHealth Exchange Innovation Grant. The program seeks to award as much as $550,000 in grants and other incentives to organizations pursuing innovative ways to increase exchange of electronic health information (EHI) or establish new technical advancements in connectivity, all in support of patients and their providers.

“We’ve reached a tipping point as a health network and as a nation,” explained Jay Nakashima, eHealth Exchange executive director. “We’ve implemented the infrastructure for secure electronic health information exchange and achieved an impressive level of comfort and expectation for certain types of exchange. But as a country, we can do much more to improve patient care. The eHealth Exchange sees so much potential to leverage the existing connectivity to improve the patient and provider experience, as well as to enhance health outcomes.”

The non-profit health information network is optimistic its public-benefit grant program will encourage innovation in how health information is exchanged and used. Grant applicants are encouraged to submit proposals that might increase exchange by leveraging HL7® Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR)  or other eHealth Exchange technical specifications. Grant awardees will be responsible for producing an implementation guide for the project that will benefit the broader community of eHealth Exchange and its participants. All proposals should provide implementation, testing, and production details.

The eHealth Exchange Innovation Grant is open to eHealth Exchange participants and any eHealth Exchange eligible applicants. Organizations may team for a multi-organizational application. eHealth Exchange anticipates that as many as three awards of as much as $100,000 each will be made in the form of a milestone driven grant for one year. Successful grantees will receive a credit for eHealth Exchange participation fees previously paid in 2021 (if any) and may have fees waived in 2022, provided that the solution is fully operational in production. eHealth Exchange expects to perform significant technical coordination and testing throughout the project.

To learn more about the eHealth Exchange Grant and apply, visit the eHealth Exchange website.

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About eHealth Exchange

The eHealth Exchange, a 501(c)3 non-profit, is among the oldest and largest health information networks in America and is most well-known as the principal way the federal government shares data between agencies and with the private sector. The eHealth Exchange, a network of networks, is the only network connecting healthcare providers to five federal agencies, 64 regional or state HIEs, 75 percent of all U.S. hospitals, and 85 percent of dialysis clinics running on more than 30 electronic health record (EHR) platforms. National interoperability is facilitated by one common trust agreement and a single set of APIs. Five federal agencies (Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense, Indian Health Service (IHS), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Social Security Administration) participate in the network to share patient information with private-sector healthcare partners as well as other agencies. The eHealth Exchange supports the secure exchange of the more than 12 billion patient record transactions annually. 

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