United Way of Central Florida

UWCF Gives Grants for Expansion of Electronic Medical Records

United Way of Central Florida announces the recipients of grants to fund the expansion or implementation of electronic medical records in local clinics. Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine, Peace River Center, and Tri-County Human Services have received grants as part of a newly developed program implemented by United Way of Central Florida for 2013. The three grants total $71,000.

“During our allocation process earlier this year, volunteers determined that there was a need for the growth of electronic medical records at programs that serve low-income or uninsured patients,” said Bruce Abels, Chair, Health Steering Team, United Way of Central Florida. “These three organizations responded to our request for proposals, and their plans were approved by the Health Impact Grant Selection Committee.”

Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine received $27,000 to upgrade their systems by creating an interface with Radiology and Imaging Specialists (R.I.S.), ensuring secured file transfer capability, training employees and volunteers on the new system, and purchasing an additional seven desktop computers to be used in patient care and treatment.

Peace River Center received $30,000 to upgrade their Aerohive wireless system to facilitate the use of tablets that were purchased with another grant.

Tri-County Human Services received $14,000 to implement an internet connection that will enhance their ability to utilize electronic medical records.

By using electronic medical records, health programs are better able to serve their patients while also using donor dollars more efficiently. Electronic Medical Records can reduce duplication of services, and help facilities track the consistency of care for their patients.

The grants were created by UWCF’s Health Impact Team to fund the implementation or expansion of electronic medical records in qualified clinics in Polk and Hardee counties. Grants were based on proposals submitted during the request for proposal process that took place began on July 1. Final decisions by the Health Impact Grant Selection Committee, a group of volunteers with deep knowledge of the world of healthcare, were approved by the UWCF Board of Trustees on Thursday, September 26.

For additional information or specifics about the awarded grants, please contact Penny Borgia at 863-648-1500 x275 or email penny.borgia@uwcf.org.



United Way of Central Florida has been serving our local community for more than 30 years by understanding local needs and driving lasting change to build better lives and stronger communities. For more information about UWCF, visit www.uwcf.org or call 863-648-1500.

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