Grant Programs

An important part of HealthInfoNet’s work has always been in supporting healthcare transformation and improvement by leading or partnering on grant projects and programs.

Homeless Health Information Planning Collaborative
In 2018, HealthInfoNet was awarded a planning grant from Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH), an initiative funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  This 6-month pilot initiative called CIC-START (Community Impact Contracts – Strategic, Timely, Actionable, Replicable, Targeted) aimed to help local collaborations catalyze their efforts to share and use multi-sector data to improve community health. HealthInfoNet’s initiative – Maine’s Homeless Health Information Planning Collaborative – built shared knowledge and recommendations for data integration between homeless service providers and the healthcare community. Read the press release.

Multi-Sector Data Sharing Collaboration
In 2018, HealthInfoNet was selected by Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH), an initiative funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, as one of ten grantees to implement projects that improve health through multi-sector data sharing collaborations. Read the press release.

Maine State Innovation Model (SIM) Testing Grant
In 2013, the State of Maine was awarded one of six State Innovation Model (SIM) Testing Grants sponsored by the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The three-year grant with total funding of just over $33 million was used to help improve care and reduce health costs in Maine. Specific areas of focus included supporting current payment and delivery reform efforts and using health information technology to better understand cost and quality to inform health reform efforts across Maine. HealthInfoNet was one of three sub contractors to this grant. Read more.

Flex Rural Veterans Health Access Program
In 2013, the State of Maine in partnership with HealthInfoNet was awarded a three-year grant to improve care coordination for Maine’s veterans. Awarded by the Health Research and Services Administration (HRSA), the funding was used to connect the Veterans Affairs (VA) Maine Healthcare System, comprised of the medical center located in Augusta and 11 outpatient clinics, to the HIE. Read more.

Maine CHIPRA “Improving Health Outcomes for Children” (IHOC) Quality Demonstration Grant
In 2013, under the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (CHIPRA), Maine was one of 18 states funded to test promising ideas for improving the quality of care for children. HealthInfoNet partnered with the Office of MaineCare Services and the Muskie School of Public Service to test health information technology solutions to support the grant program goals. HealthInfoNet’s work focused on using the HIE to calculate quality measures important to the grant and to pilot sharing clinical assessment medical record documents for foster children referred by the Maine DHHS Office of Child and Family Services to the Edmund Ervin Pediatric Center’s PREP program. Baseline evaluation found that children in foster care that received this assessment by the PREP program were less likely to be placed in residential care, be taking prescriptions, or to have general or psychiatric inpatient stays and were more likely to see a physician and receive speech or occupational therapy.

Maine Regional Extension Center Program
From 2009 to 2013, the Maine Regional Extension Center (REC) was one of 62 centers nationwide funded through a grant program of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. The RECs were established to help primary care providers transition from paper to electronic health records and achieve Meaningful Use Stage One. The RECs provided resources and connections to help them overcome the many barriers to adoption, implementation and use of technology to improve care quality. HealthInfoNet was funded to help 1,000 primary care providers and all of Maine’s 32 Critical Access Hospitals implement certified EHR technology and connect to the HIE.

For more information, contact Katie Gray, Director of Client Operations & Programs (207-541-9250 or kgray@hinfonet.org).