The Minnesota Department of Health on Tuesday announced the award of the first two loans under the state's new $6.3 million Electronic Health Record Revolving Account and Loan Program, Healthcare IT News reports. The program, approved by Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) in 2007, offers six-year, no-interest loans of up to $1.5 million on a first-come, first-serve basis in an effort to help rural hospitals, small-town physician clinics, nursing homes and other community providers transition to EHRs. Swift County-Benson Hospital in Benson, Minn., and Mille Lacs Health System in Onamia, Minn., will borrow a total of $2,345,045 to adopt EHR systems. According to Department of Health officials, additional loan requests are being reviewed. Minnesota law requires all health care providers in the state to use EHRs by Jan. 1, 2015 (Pizzi, Healthcare IT News, 3/19/08; Government Technology, 3/18/08).