at East River Electric in Madison, SD on Tuesday June 2, 2015
We are thrilled to announce the launch of a rural health IT funding initiative dedicated to rural clinics and hospitals in South Dakota. The initiative is focused on a broad range of funding needs, including mobile health, Telehealth and electronic health record technology.
Following the lead of the White House Rural Council, the US Department of Health and Humans Services (HHS), Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) and US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development (RD) are partnering with state and local leadership, as well as Government and non-Government partners, to expand access to financing by rural health care providers. In 2013, HHS and USDA jointly launched a pilot initiative that generated more than $38 Million in financing to Critical Access Hospitals and small, rural hospitals across four states by September 2013. To date, we have expanded this initiative to reach doctors, clinics and hospitals in each of 14 states: Iowa, Kansas, Illinois, Texas, Mississippi, Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota, Tennessee, Missouri, Montana, Wyoming, Kentucky and Pennsylvania.
South Dakota Program: HealthPOINT, USDA, HHS, SDAHO, and South Dakota State Office of Rural Health, are convening a funding workshop to link rural safety-net providers and hospitals with funding programs to help them invest in technology to optimize their health systems.
The participants will:
- Identify most pressing funding needs for each hospital and clinic in attendance
- Engage in face-to-face problem solving with funders and rural hospital leaders
- Learn about specific low interest loan and grant programs
- Assist rural hospitals to substantive progress developing applications for funding
Lunch will be provided for all registered attendees.
- Bruce Jones, Acting South Dakota State Director, USDA Rural Development
- Leila Samy, Rural Health IT Coordinator, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, US Department of Health and Human Services
- Kevin Dewald, South Dakota State Health IT Coordinator
- Dan Friedrich, Director, HealthPOINT at Dakota State University
- Scott A. Duke, President/CEO, South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations
- Halley Lee, Director, South Dakota Office of Rural Health
- Linda Salmonson, Economic Development Manager, East River Electric Power Cooperative