Community Health Program lands $57,000 technology grant

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GREAT BARRINGTON — A $57,453 grant from the federal department of Health and Human Services will enable Community Health Program to buy technology to enhance patient and information services throughout the agency's county branches.

Community Health Program is the only county health organization in Berkshire County, out of 38 statewide and more than 1,000 nationally, to win this grant, according to a spokesman for Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell in Washington, D.C.

The $36 million grant is to enhance health technology support in 1,050 healthcare organizations in 41 states and Puerto Rico, said the spokesman.

The actual grant will pay for between 60 and 65 laptop computers, laser printers and accompanying software for the CHP offices in Great Barrington, Lee, Pittsfield, Adams and North Adams, according to Lia Spiliotes, CEO of Community Health Program.

The laptops and printers will enable caregivers interacting with patients to access a patient's medical history faster and provide printouts for both the health professional and the patient, she said.

"Yes, this is going to help us a lot," said Spiliotes. "It's a great thing for patient care. The team treating our patients will have access to the information they need in a more timely way."

In addition, she said, the medical team will be able to provide printouts to the patients they treat.

Contact Derek Gentile at 413-496-6251.


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