Having Trouble Transitioning to EHRs? Apply Today for the North Carolina EHR Loan Fund

Attention small, rural and urban primary care practices in North Carolina! The NCMS wants you to know that you may be eligible for a collaborative loan program that provides funds to assist with the implementation of Electronic Health Records (EHRs). The program is administered through the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCHHS) Office of Health Information Technology (HIT), the North Carolina Medical Society Foundation (NCMSF) and the Center for Community Self-Help.

Funds may be used to purchase certified EHR technology or to upgrade existing equipment to meet certification criteria, train staff to use the technology or improve the secure exchange of health information through the North Carolina Health Information Exchange (NCHIE). Loan size (average of $40,000 – $60,000) will be based on the practice’s need for equipment and training. Those serving a disproportionate number of Medicaid/Medicare and indigent patients will be given top priority.

The NCMSF urges physicians to take advantage of this opportunity as it will make the transition to EHRs more efficient and less time consuming. Click here for pre-qualification information, applications and additional details. For more information, contact Terri Gonzalez, NCMSF Practice Technical Assistance Coordinator, at tgonzalez@ncmedsoc.org or 919-833-3836. The NCMSF works with applicants to complete the loan application, provide technical assistance and financial guidance.

The Loan Fund was previously funded by the NC Health and Wellness Trust Fund.

 
 

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