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Chicago REC Announces New Health IT Services

May 14, 2013 | By More


The Health Information Technology Extension Program was authorized by the HITECH Act and awarded 62 grants for Health Information Technology Regional Extension Centers (RECs) and a national Health IT Research Center (HITRC). The Centers offer technical assistance, guidance, and information to support and accelerate health care providers’ efforts to become meaningful users of Electronic Health Records (EHRs). The goal of the Regional Extension Center program was to provide outreach and support services to at least 100,000 priority primary care providers within two years. Currently they have surpassed this number and are continuing to help providers and critical access hospitals to adopt electronic health records.

The Chicago Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center (CHITREC) is a collaboration between Northwestern University the Alliance of Chicago Community Health Services and many partners focusing on Health IT adoption. This Center services providers within the city of Chicago. There vision is to help Chicago become a leader in the development and advanced use of health information technology. There office is located on North Lake Shore Drive in Chicago. With HITECH funding they have assisted over 150 healthcare organizations in health IT adoption. They have provided help for primary care providers that have received more than $12 million in CMS EHR incentives.

Post HITECH funding, CHITREC is working hard to create new programs and business models to continue the work it has started. Recently they have announced their LAUNCH program, Learn, Adopt, Use, Network, Connect and collaborate through Health information technology. The program will continue to assist primary care physicians but also extend the services to sub-specialty providers, group practices, suburban providers, and practices beginning the EHR Incentive Program in 2014. They have posted the list of services to include:

  • Assessment and planning
  • Electronic Health Record (EHR) selection
  • Meaningful Use Stages 1 and 2 education and gap analysis
  • Workflow redesign
  • Incentive program registration and attestation
  • Privacy and security guidance

For more information on the Chicago REC and their new LAUNCH program see these resources.

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Roberta Mullin is Editor in Chief for HITECH Answers where she writes and reports on Federal initiatives in the health IT industry. She also contributes regularly to the 4Medapproved Daily News column.

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