CDC issues new research grants for healthcare information-sharing
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January 12: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced new research grants aimed at funding information-sharing programs between healthcare providers and medical responders, a press release announced. Overall, the goal of the grants will be to create a foundation upon which a national, digital information-sharing and surveillance network is established, officials said.
Two universities received the grants: University of Utah; Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore; as well as the New York City Department of Health and Hygiene.To channel the findings of the research projects, the CDC has created the Centers for Excellence that serve as the clearinghouses of information of the aforementioned surveillance and information-sharing networks. The grants total $3.7 million. Dr. Steven Solomon the director of the Coordinating Center for Health Information and Service within the CDC said on the press release, "The goal of this funding will be identifying new tools and methods to enhance health information sharing and ultimately lead to the adoption of a nationwide, technology-based, integrated healthcare surveillance system." "These Centers of Excellence will be designing new tools and methods to assist and enhance CDC's BioSense program," the press release read. "BioSense provides real-time biosurveillance for potential health threats through immediate access to data from hospitals and healthcare systems in major metropolitan cities across the nation."
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