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School of Medicine Receives Largest Grant

MU uses IT to make health care better, cheaper and more personal.

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Tom Trabue, ambassador chair of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce, Joanne Burns, executive director of Tiger Institute, Robert Churchill, medical school dean, and Chancellor Brady J. Deaton celebrate the $13.3 million grant. Photo by Rachel Coward.

A new $13.3 million grant, the largest ever awarded to MU’s School of Medicine, will push health care information technology to the next level. The project will use information technology and strengthen patient-provider relationships to deliver health care that’s better and cheaper. On July 26, 2012, university officials announced the three-year Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services award, which will fund the Leveraging Information Technology to Guide High Tech, High Touch Care program, or LIGHT2. The new technology and services could save an estimated $17 million in health care costs throughout three years at MU. The program will train 420 workers and create 30 jobs.