UK Awarded $6M to Jumpstart Electronic Health Record Usage in Kentucky

Published 04-13-2010 1:39 PM | Mark D. Birdwhistell  


Dr. Carol Steltenkamp
UK HealthCare Chief Medical Information Officer

Everyone who works in health care in Kentucky, knows what a small world it is for those of us who have been around 25+ (uhm) years. One person I have always relied upon when it comes to health care information technology is Dr. Carol Steltenkamp. Dr. Steltenkamp is our chief medical information officer, and she has graced the cover of HIT magazines, helped developed the state’s e-health board, and she still manages to see pediatric patients in the Kentucky Clinic and Kentucky Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Steltenkamp has outdone herself this time.  It was with great excitement last week that UK was awarded more than $6 million in federal funding by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the National Coordinator, thanks to her grant application on behalf of the University.

The funding will enable UK to reach out to Kentucky physicians and help them maximize the use of electronic health records in their practices, through the establishment of a Kentucky-based Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center.  Ultimately, this grant and Dr. Steltenkamp’s work will improve the quality of care we collectively provide to the citizens of Kentucky and beyond.

 More details are to come I’m sure, but today, congratulations are in order to Carol and the entire UK family.

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