Cantwell, Murray Announce $1.4M for Healthcare Technology Services

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Patty Murray (D-WA) announced a $1,361,093 grant for PTSO of Washington, a health care technology services organization focused on delivering shared clinical and patient management systems, as well as creating a technological infrastructure. 
“Health information technology is crucial to moving our health care system into the 21st century,” said Senator Cantwell. “Utilizing this technology will improve quality and coordination of care, allowing doctors to better serve their patients.” 

“This investment in health information technology will help Washington state providers improve the quality, efficiency, and safety of care,” said Senator Patty Murray. “As we continue working to lower costs and improve care for all Washington state families, this grant is going to allow PTSO of Washington and the community health centers it supports make critical investments in their health information technology infrastructure.”
PTSO, based in Seattle, works in partnership with Community Health Centers (CHCs) to improve patient care through shared, cost effective technology. Their support makes it possible for these centers to utilize electronic clinical records. PTSO is part of the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO), a group dedicated to promoting advocacy, collaboration and leadership that improves the health status and access of Asian Americans & Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders within the United States. 
Funds are part of the $2 billion allotted to HHS’s Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to expand health care services to low-income and uninsured individuals through its health center program.