Final MAeHC Grant Program Announced

June 29, 2020
MassDigitalHealth editors

Final MAeHC Grant Program Announced

The Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative, a non-profit pioneer and national leader in health information technology for over 15 years, is winding down its operations in 2020. As part of the winding down process, MAeHC is distributing grants of up to $250,000 to certain Massachusetts-based Section 501(c)(3) charitable organizations to further its vision and mission.

Organizations that share its vision that the innovative use of electronic health information technologies as a tool will lead to systematic changes in the manner in which health care are encouraged to apply.

Organizations need to demonstrate the ability to use information technology innovations to take healthcare to the next level. MAeHC anticipates awarding several grants up to $250,000 each to selected organizations. Qualifying organizations may apply independently or in collaboration.

“The Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative’s mission has continually evolved since its inception to help our medical community improve its ability to access and share information. As a longtime partner, we could not be prouder of their accomplishments over the last 15 years. These grants ensure that MAeHC’s innovative mission will continue,” said Laurance Stuntz, director of the Massachusetts eHealth Institute at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative.

MAeHC was originally formed in 2004 to support the adoption of electronic health records and health information exchanges in three communities in Massachusetts as part of a project sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA. Their mission evolved over time to broadly work to improve the safety, quality and cost-effectiveness of healthcare in Massachusetts and the surrounding region through the creation and promotion of health information technologies that allow hospitals, physicians and other provider organizations to immediately access critical patient medical information.

Healthcare providers have made massive strides in the adoption of these technologies since MAeHC was founded, and today every hospital in Massachusetts and the vast majority of physicians use EHRs, making critical patient health information available at the point of care. MAeHC was instrumental in supporting this transition, acting as an implementing organization under the federal Regional Extension Center grant managed by the Massachusetts eHealth Institute and as a core partner in creating the Mass HIway, the state’s health information exchange.

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