Washington (CNN) - The White House announced Tuesday that 15 U.S. communities will receive grant money to launch new health information technology programs.
Vice President Joe Biden and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius named the "Beacon Communities" that will receive more than $220 million in economic stimulus funds for technology to help coordinate medical care involving doctors, hospitals, community health centers and patients.
The programs are also expected to create dozens of jobs in each of the 15 communities - jobs that will pay an average of $70,000 a year, Biden said.
He called the program a "win-win-win" because it helps improve health and safety while increasing efficiency and creating jobs.
The Beacon Community funds help build a technological infrastructure to allow doctors, hospitals, businesses and families to more easily and securely transfer and share information, all on the internet, Biden said.
According to the White House website, the 15 communites receiving Beacon designation and funding are:
- Community Services Council of Tulsa, Tulsa, Oklahoma, $12 million
- Delta Health Alliance, Inc., Stoneville, Mississippi, $14.7 million
- Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems, Brewer, Maine, $12.7 million
- Geisinger Clinic, Danville, Pennsylvania, $16.1 million
- HealthInsight, Salt Lake City, Utah, $15.8 million
- Indiana Health Information Exchange, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana, $16
- Inland Northwest Health Services, Spokane, Washington, $15.7 million
- Louisiana Public Health Institute, New Orleans, Louisiana, $13.5
- Mayo Clinic Rochester, d/b/a Mayo Clinic College of Medicine,
Rochester, Minnesota, $12.3 million
- Rhode Island Quality Institute, Providence, Rhode Island, $15.9
- Rocky Mountain Health Maintenance Organization, Grand Junction,
Colorado, $11.9 million
- Southern Piedmont Community Care Plan, Inc., Concord, North Carolina,
- The Regents of the University of California at San Diego, San Diego,
California, $15.3 million
- University of Hawaii at Hilo, Hilo, Hawaii, $16.1 million
- Western New York Clinical Information Exchange, Inc., Albany, New
York, $16.1 million
UPDATED 3:30 p.m.
America investing in America, what a novel idea.
Prediction: Every one of these 15 communities will be in Congressional districts that elected a Democrat in 2008 and where that Democrat could use a bit of an electoral boost in their 2010 campaign.
More Obama spending, to give something for nothing.
When will government learn? There are no free rides. Everything has to be EARNED, through hard work, and sacrifice.
Welcome to excessive governmental control and socialized healthcare...now, take a ticket and have a seat..and we'll see you within the next week or so...I just wonder what "Obama-supporting," communities received the "stimulus," money; how many have ACORN affiliates, SEIU affiliates...all at taxpayer expense. This is going to create more jobs? More jobs within a governmental structure, paid for by the taxpayer. Can you say rampant fraud?
Thats what we re talking about, change with a touch of technology.