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Technology grants 

  Five New Orleans health agencies each received $100,000 grants last month to help equip health centers with information technology to develop and share things such as electronic medical records. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded the grants to the New Orleans Health Department, Jefferson Community Health Center, Excelth, St. Charles Community Health Center and St. Thomas Community Health Center from $8.5 million made available for programs nationwide under the Affordable Care Act.

  The grants are intended to help 85 health centers across the nation adopt information technologies that can improve the quality of health care and bring down costs. The grants are part of a program to demonstrate that the use of information technology can transform local health care systems.

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