42 U.S. Code § 17912 - Research and development programs
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(a) Health Care Information Enterprise Integration Research Centers
(1) In general
The Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, in consultation with the Director of the National Science Foundation and other appropriate Federal agencies, shall establish a program of assistance to institutions of higher education (or consortia thereof which may include nonprofit entities and Federal Government laboratories) to establish multidisciplinary Centers for Health Care Information Enterprise Integration.
(2) Review; competition
Grants shall be awarded under this subsection on a merit-reviewed, competitive basis.
The purposes of the Centers described in paragraph (1) shall be—
(A) to generate innovative approaches to health care information enterprise integration by conducting cutting-edge, multidisciplinary research on the systems challenges to health care delivery; and
(4) Research areas
Research areas may include—
(E) measurement of the impact of information technologies on the quality and productivity of health care;
An institution of higher education (or a consortium thereof) seeking funding under this subsection shall submit an application to the Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Director may require. The application shall include, at a minimum, a description of—
(A) the research projects that will be undertaken by the Center established pursuant to assistance under paragraph (1) and the respective contributions of the participating entities;
(B) how the Center will promote active collaboration among scientists and engineers from different disciplines, such as information technology, biologic sciences, management, social sciences, and other appropriate disciplines;
(C) technology transfer activities to demonstrate and diffuse the research results, technologies, and knowledge; and