Cincinnati nonprofit to get $13.8M for health

CINCINNATI (AP) - The Obama administration says Cincinnati will host a pilot program in health information technology, joining more than a dozen other U.S. communities.

U.S. Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius appeared in Cincinnati on Thursday and announced $13.8 in stimulus funding for the Greater Cincinnati HealthBridge Inc.

The money comes through a Health Department program aimed at improving health care quality through the use of electronic records.

HealthBridge is a nonprofit health information exchange.

Sebelius says HealthBridge and its partners will undertake a three-year project focusing on pediatric asthma, adult diabetes and smoking. The initiative is expected to create at least dozens of jobs paying an average $70,000 a year.

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