Sebelius in RI this morning

Providence, RI – The Secretary of Health and Human services, Kathleen Sebelius, will be making a quick visit to Rhode Island this morning.

Secretary Sebelius is in the Ocean State to launch a new program designed to improve the use of health information technology.

Seventeen communities across the country have received the so called "Beacon Community" grants, paid for by federal stimulus funds.

Rhode Island's share is nearly 16 million dollars- aimed at using electronic medical records to monitor and improve health issues including depression, diabetes, and tobacco use.

Around two hundred doctors will participate in the three year program, but organizers hope to spread what they learn to other physicians in the state.

Secretary Sebelius will launch the state's Beacon Community program at Thundermist Health Center in Woonsocket. It will be her only stop in Rhode Island.

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