Utah Awarded Funding to Establish a Health Center Controlled Network

August 02, 2019

In July 2019, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded the Association for Utah Community Health (AUCH) $520,000 in funding to establish a Health Center Controlled Network (HCCN). This award will enable 12 of Utah’s federally-funded health centers across all counties to expand the use of health information technology (health IT)—empowering patients and promoting data sharing through health IT for a health care system that delivers better value and better health across Utah’s communities.

Utah’s award was part of almost $42 million in funding that was awarded to 49 HCCNs, enabling them to support 1,183 federally-funded health centers across all 50 states.

HCCNs are groups of health centers collaborating to improve operational and clinical practices by making technology easier for providers and patients to use, increasing the security of patient information and using data to improve patient care. Their primary goals include:

•           Enhancing the patient and provider experience

•           Advancing interoperability

•           Using data to enhance Health Center value and quality of care

Click here for more information on the funding awards, HCCNs, and Utah’s participating health centers.