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From federal grants to long-term sustainability

As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) granted 56 State-Level Health Information Exchange awards totaling $548 million to help states advance health information exchange among providers and hospitals. The Arkansas Office of Health Information Technology (OHIT) received $7.9 million and state matching funds in 2010 to build and support a health information exchange (HIE) in Arkansas.

Known as SHARE—the State Health Alliance for Records Exchange—the HIE allows participating providers and organizations to electronically access and share patient health information through a secure network, with the aim of improving patient safety, quality of care and health outcomes.

The Office of Health Information Technology continues to plan a long-term funding model that will sustain SHARE and other OHIT services.