Three Philadelphia-area health-care groups were awarded federal money to adopt electronic patient records.

The recipients were the Health Federation of Philadelphia, $327,169; Southern New Jersey Family Medical Centers Inc., Hammonton, $3 million; and Southbridge Medical Advisory Council Inc., Wilmington, $558,114.

They are among 45 groups nationally that will receive a total of $83.9 million, which comes from the 2009 economic stimulus package.    - Paul Schweizer