Regional Extension Program: Important Updates and Links from HHS

Via HHS e-mail update:

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is pleased to announce the availability of materials that are of immediate interest and use to stakeholders and potential applicants for the Health Information Technology Extension Program: Regional Centers Cooperative Agreement Program, and that are new or updated since the August 27, 2009 technical assistance telephone and web conference.

REVISED – Preliminary Application Template (Attachment I to the Funding Opportunity Announcement):  As discussed on the August 27th technical assistance public conference, the suggested template for applicants’ use in compiling and presenting the information required for the Preliminary Application has been updated to include the complete requirements established in the funding opportunity announcement and is now available from www.grants.gov and the Extension Program section of ONC’s website at http://healthit.hhs.gov/extensionprogram.

NEW – A complete transcript of the August 27th technical assistance conference is available for download from the Extension Program section of ONC’s website.  Please visit http://healthit.hhs.gov/extensionprogram to access detailed information about the conference, including the transcript and the presentation slides used during the call.

NEW/REVISED – Program-specific Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) are now available on the Extension Program section of ONC’s website.  New FAQs are posted frequently, so potential applicants and other interested parties are encouraged to visit often.  Please visit http://healthit.hhs.gov/extensionprogram then scroll down and click on “Frequently Asked Questions”.

On the HIT Extension Program site, you can find the Funding Opportunity Announcement / Application Instructions document,  as well as a large FAQ section and the "Facts-At-A-Glance" summary. 

You can find the August 27th, 2009 presentation (PPT) here, and the transcript of that same presentation here.

"Health Information Technology Extension Program: Regional Centers Cooperative Agreement Program Update," HHS e-mail update (September 3, 2009).