Finger Lakes Community and Migrant Health (FLCMH), a New York State licensed Article 28 Diagnostic and Treatment Center and federally qualified health center based in Penn Yan, NY has been awarded a $998,000 grant by the US Department of Health and Human Services Administration to develop a national Health Center Controlled Network as part of their ongoing implementation of tele-health health information technology.
Finger Lakes Community and Migrant Health (FLCMH), a New York State licensed Article 28 Diagnostic and Treatment Center and federally qualified health center based in Penn Yan, NY has been awarded a $998,000 grant by the US Department of Health and Human Services Administration to develop a national Health Center Controlled Network as part of their ongoing implementation of tele-health health information technology. Forty-five (45) grants across the country will support new and enhanced Electronic Health Record implementation projects as well as Health Information Technology Innovation (HIT) projects. FLMCH’s grant will be used for an HIT enhancement project that will allow the organization to develop its tele-health services on a national scale as a National Health Center Controlled Network (NCCN).
The purpose of the grant is to build capacity among agencies serving low-income patients, eliminate barriers to care using tele-health technology, and promote diabetic retinopathy screenings to diagnose early states of diabetes and overall, prevent costly hospitalizations due to uncontrolled chronic disease. Health Center Controlled Networks (HCCNs) improve the operational effectiveness and clinical quality in health centers by providing management, financial, technology and clinical support services. The networks, comprised of at least three collaborating organizations, are community-based groups that support HRSA-funded health centers that provide primary health care to nearly 19 million patients – a number expected to double over the next five years as health reform is implemented.
With the FLCMH as the project leader, other project partners include the National Center for Farmworker Health, the Maine Migrant Health Program, and the Community Health Partnership of Illinois.
The focus area for improving health with this grant include specialty care services to treat patients with diabetes, dental health needs as well as behavioral, Ear Nose and Throat health care needs. In addition to delivering care and improving access to care, this grant will support’s FLCMH to develop a replicable model of tele-health care that can be adapted in other rural areas to improve clinical outcomes among uninsured and low-income populations.
Established in 1989, FLCMH has been working to integrate the health information technology in the delivery of health care services to migrant and season farmworkers as well as their community patients since 2007. FLCMH has health center sites in Wayne County (Sodus), Cayuga County (Port Byron), Ontario County (Geneva), Yates County (Penn Yan) and Steuben County (Bath). FLCMH also administers a federal migrant voucher program to provide health services to farmworkers in 43 Upstate NY counties.