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April 6th, 2010
Texas State receives $5.4m in federal health IT funds

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U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett.

STAFF REPORT

U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-Austin) has announced more than $5.4 million in Health Information Technology (IT) funding for Texas State University through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will help Texas State train health professionals for highly specialized health IT roles so doctors and nurses can communicate critical patient information when a patient is receiving care.

“This is an opportunity for Texas State University to lead the way in expanding educational opportunities and establishing new methods to prepare students for careers in health information technology,” Texas State President Denise Trauth said.

Texas State’s Department of Health Information Management will use the funding to operate a consortium with the University of Texas and the University of Texas School of Health Information Sciences at Houston to prepare health information technology professionals across Texas and the nation.

“These federal funds help ensure Texas State continues to prepare our students today for tomorrow’s jobs, which will improve patients’ care,” Doggett said.

The effort will be known as the PURE-HIT (Professional University Resources and Education for Health Information Technology) consortium.

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