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Posted at 3:18 PM ET, 02/22/2010

District gets grants to help improve health care

By Washington Post editors

The Obama administration has announced that it will provide $15 million in grants to the District government and two city health care organizations to improve local medical care.

The grants are part of a $750 million federal effort to speed doctor access to medical records and safely treat patients.

The D.C. Primary Care Association in the District is slated to receive $5.1 million to show local health care providers such as Howard University Hospital and the Washington Hospital Center how to upgrade their patient records from paper to electronic.

The District Department of Health Care Finance is slated to receive $5.1 million to widen the exchange of records between health care providers, an action requiring agreements between lawyers, health care administrators and government officials.

The Providence Health Foundation of Providence Hospital will receive $4.9 million for health care career and health information technology training.

--Darryl Fears

By Washington Post editors  | February 22, 2010; 3:18 PM ET
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