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Regional Extension Centers  

Regional Extension Centers (RECs) serve healthcare providers to help them get the information they need to implement EHRs,
such as training, information and technical assistance.
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Iowa – IFMC

IFMC provides technical assistance to clinics and hospitals to understand and meet meaningful use criteria. For clinics, IFMC will help choose, install and use an EHR to improve care. Clinics that qualify and achieve meaningful use can earn incentives up to $44,000 in rewards from Medicare or up to $63,750 from Medicaid. For hospitals, IFMC will provide meaningful use consultation and advice on how to optimize a system for meaningful use. All critical access and rural hospitals that achieve meaningful use are eligible for significant Medicare and Medicaid incentive payments 

IFMC Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center (Iowa HITREC)

IFMC provides technical assistance to clinics and hospitals to understand and meet meaningful use criteria. For clinics, IFMC will help choose, install and use an EHR to improve care. Clinics that qualify and achieve meaningful use can earn incentives up to $44,000 in rewards from Medicare or up to $63,750 from Medicaid. For hospitals, IFMC will provide meaningful use consultation and advice on how to optimize a system for meaningful use. All critical access and rural hospitals that achieve meaningful use are eligible for significant Medicare and Medicaid incentive payment

Colorado Regional Extension Center (CORHIO)

CORHIO works closely with and among communities across Colorado to develop and implement secure systems and processes for sharing clinical information. CORHIO collaborates with health care stakeholders including physicians, hospitals, clinics, mental health, public health, long-term care, laboratories, imaging centers, health plans and patients.

RI Regional Extension Center (REC)

As a Rhode Island provider, partnering with the REC provides you with subsidies, tools, services and guidance as you work to achieve Meaningful Use, but it’s also a guaranteed way to bring federal healthcare dollars into the state. The more participation we have from the state’s physician community, the more funds we are given by the ONC to help Rhode Island continue to be a healthcare leader.

Maryland – Chesapeake Regional Information System for our Patients, Baltimore

CRISP is formally designated Maryland’s statewide HIE by the Maryland Health Care Commission, as directed by the state’s legislature and Gov. Martin O’Malley. CRISP has also been named Maryland’s Regional Extension Center (REC) by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), with an objective of assisting 1,000 primary care providers to deploy Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and achieve meaningful use by 2012.

California – HITEC-LA – Local Initiative Health Authority for Los Angeles County

An Electronic Health Record (EHR) system is a long-term relationship. HITEC-LA is an impartial, trusted source with experienced experts who can help you effectively achieve Meaningful Use criteria.

Washington DC – eHealthDC

eHealthDC is the Regional Extension Center for the District of Columbia and a program of the DC Primary Care Association. eHealthDC serves as a neutral source for credible EHR and HIT information in addition to offering direct, individualized, and on-site technical assistance to more than 1,000 providers as they pursue meaningful EHR use. Our goal is to improve the quality of health care in DC while helping eligible providers qualify for incentive payments from the federal government.

VHQC (Virginia Health Quality Center)

VHQC pays attention to the details. We believe that accurate data analysis and interpretation are essential. But charts don't improve processes of care, people do. That is why we also look at the bigger picture of your organization, its culture and its readiness for improvement. We take a different approach to every healthcare provider, because each one is different. Our goal is always the same: to create a spark that ignites lasting change.

North Dakota – REACH (Key Health Alliance – Stratis Health), Minnesota – North Dakota

When you spend money and effort on implementing electronic health record (EHR) systems, you want to make sure you do it right. Patient safety, care quality, and even your ability to be an effective provider all depend on having the right EHR system and using it fully. What’s more, thousands of dollars of federal incentive payments are riding on your ability to reach meaningful use—the federal and state requirements for EHR functionality, reporting, and connectivity.

WIREC (Washington & Idaho Regional Extension Center)

The first step to becoming a WIREC participant is to send us some information describing your practice and your needs related to EHR implementation (see numbered instructions, below). With that information in hand, the WIREC team can begin to determine the types of assistance your practice will need to reach EHR meaningful use, as well as whether you may qualify for free or reduced-rate participation

Florida – University of Central Florida, Orlando

The UCF College of Medicine Regional Extension Center (REC) has hired a staff of 25 people and is now fully operational. The REC is meeting with healthcare providers across Central Florida to assist them in selecting, contracting, developing and effectively using electronic health records (EHR's) to improve patient care.

Morehouse School of Medicine

Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM), located in Atlanta, Georgia, was founded in 1975 as a two-year Medical Education Program at Morehouse College with clinical training affiliations with several established medical schools for awarding the M.D. degree. In 1981, MSM became an independently chartered institution and the first medical school established at a Historically Black College and University in the 20th century. MSM is among the nation's leading educators of primary care physicians and was recently recognized as the top institution among U.S. medical schools for our social mission. Our faculty and alumni are noted in their fields for excellence in teaching, research, and public policy, and are known in the community for exceptional, culturally appropriate patient care.

Wyoming – Health Technology Services (HTS)

WHITEC provides education and technical assistance to help Wisconsin health care professionals select, implement and achieve meaningful use of electronic health record (EHR) technology. While we serve all health care professionals in Wisconsin in this mission, there are financial subsidies for priority primary care providers that enable us to provide those services at greatly reduced cost.

Florida – University of South Florida, Tampa

PaperFree Florida is your advocate in navigating through the process of migration to a certified EHR System while keeping your practice’s best interests and needs at the forefront. By streamlining the process, we keep you focused on the business of practicing medicine while improving the operation of your practice. We’ll help you achieve your goals towards Meaningful Use through all stages of implementation.

South Dakota Regional Extension Center (SD-REC)

HealthPOINT is the federally-designated health information technology (HIT) resource and support center for all South Dakota healthcare providers. It is our role to partner with you in providing clinical, IT, and business expertise in evaluating your best EHR solution.

Illinois – Chicago Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center (CHITREC)

The Chicago Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center (CHITREC) is a partnership among Northwestern University, the Alliance of Chicago Community Health Services and more than 40 local and national collaborators focused on HIT adoption and use needs within the city of Chicago. CHITREC is a local service organization, specifically serving the 606xx zip code region in Chicago, and provides a range of services to primary care providers interested in achieving meaningful use of Electronic Health Records (EHR). As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the Office of National Coordinator for HIT has provided initial funding for the regional extension center with most of the funds allocated for direct assistance to providers.

Lovelace Clinic Foundation

LCF Research was established in 1990 as a not-for-profit organization to foster health services research among physicians, hospitals, and government agencies and to provide continuing professional education for health professionals. LCF Research continues to focus on applied healthcare research and translating research into practice to improve the health of patients and the delivery of quality of health care.

Chicago Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center (CHITREC)

We aim to provide individualized technical assistance to Primary Care Providers (PCPs) in Chicago to become meaningful users of electronic health records (EHRs). In particular, we will focus on PCPs who provide care for the uninsured, underinsured and medically underserved.

New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC)

The New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC) was founded by health care leaders across the state, with leadership and support from the New York State Department of Health. NYeC is a public-private partnership that serves as a focal point for health care stakeholders to build consensus on state health IT policy priorities, and to collaborate on state and regional health IT implementation efforts. NYeC is a trusted, independent collaborative that reflects a diverse array of interests and perspectives on key policies and standards to ensure that health IT implementation efforts are successful.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The mission of the North Carolina AHEC Program is to meet the state’s health and health workforce needs by providing educational programs in partnership with academic institutions, health care agencies, and other organizations committed to improving the health of the people of North Carolina.

Michigan Center for Effective IT Adoption (M-CEITA)

The Michigan Center for Effective IT Adoption (M-CEITA) is Michigan’s Health Information Technology (HIT) Regional Extension Center (REC), funded by the Office of the National Coordinator for health IT (ONC) as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA or the Recovery Act).

Ohio Health Information Partnership (OHIP)

The Ohio Health Information Partnership (OHIP) is a non-profit entity, funded through a combination of state and federal grants, to assist physicians and other providers with implementation and adoption of health information technology (HIT) throughout Ohio.

Massachusetts e-Health Institute (MeHI)

The Massachusetts eHealth Institute (MeHI), a division of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, is the state's entity for health care innovation, technology, and competitiveness. Established by an act of the Massachusetts Legislature, MeHI is responsible for advancing the dissemination of health information technology across the Commonwealth, including the deployment of electronic health records systems in all health care provider settings that are networked through a statewide health information exchange.

Wisconsin Health Information Technology Extension Center

WHITEC provides education and technical assistance to help Wisconsin health care professionals select, implement and achieve meaningful use of electronic health record (EHR) technology. While we serve all health care professionals in Wisconsin in this mission, there are financial subsidies for priority primary care providers that enable us to provide those services at greatly reduced cost.

Tri-State Regional Extension Center – Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana

The Tri-State REC is a collaboration between a number of leaders in health information technology (HIT) and health information exchange (HIE) - HealthBridge, HealthLINC, CCHIE, NeKY RHIO, and UK. These five organizations will help providers achieve the maximum benefits that HIT can bring, including up to $44,000 in Medicare or $63,750 in Medicaid incentive payments. The Tri-State REC has a goal of serving approximately 1,700 providers in parts of Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky. Overall federal incentive payments could bring in as much as $75 million in additional federal funding for the tri-state regional.

University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama

The University of South Alabama Physicians Group, comprised of 150 academic physicians on faculty at the USA College of Medicine, is the region's largest multi-specialty practice and the only academic physicians group along the central Gulf Coast. Our physician offices are conveniently located throughout Mobile at several hospital campuses and on the University's main campus. Our collective mission is to deliver leading-edge care to patients and to support the larger mission of the USA College of Medicine in the training of physicians and in the advancement of medical care through medical research.

Florida – Rural and North Florida Regional Extension Center

Community Health Centers Alliance, Inc. (CHCA) is a 501(c)(3) Health Center Controlled Network serving safety-net health centers. Corporate offices are located within the Tampa Bay area, a marketplace focused on technology industry growth. This market provides access to technical infrastructure, support, and personnel options that are out of reach for most community health centers (CHCs), particularly in rural areas. In addition to skilled technical expertise and dedicated support staff, CHCA’s service model includes centrally located, multiple redundant servers, high speed data communications connections, and redundancy in electrical power support to guard against operational interruption.

Missouri HIT Assistance Center

The Missouri Health Information Technology Assistance Center is a public-private partnership that brings together leading health care and information technology experts from health care organizations, academia, industry, and government and is focused on providing resources to promote meaningful use of health information technology.

Mississippi- Regional Extension Center for Health Information Technology in Mississippi

Physicians wishing to help improve the Florida Medicaid program can now put their medical expertise to work. eQHealth Solutions, the new Medicaid utilization management contractor for the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, is seeking physicians who can review Medicaid claims for medical necessity.

Maine – HealthInfoNet

HealthInfoNet’s core function is the management of a secure electronic network, called a health information exchange, where health care providers can share important medical information on their patients. Using the network, providers share information like drug allergies, prescriptions, medical conditions, and lab and test results. In an emergency, this helps providers quickly and more accurately diagnose and treat patients. In non-emergency situations it can decrease ordering of repeat tests and give providers a more complete picture of their patients’ care

New Hampshire – Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative, Inc.,

We are a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve health care delivery by promoting and enabling meaningful adoption of health information technology for the benefit of patients and caregivers alike. We do this by providing thought leadership, strategic advice, operational planning and management, and health information technology implementation services to a variety of stakeholders and customers ranging from individual physician practices to large health care delivery organizations, health plans, commercial vendors, health information exchange organizations, foundations, and the Federal and State governments.

NYC REACH

The NYC Regional Electronic Adoption Center for Health (REACH) is a collaboration between the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Fund for Public Health in New York to help make sure doctors in New York City don't get left behind. Our mission is to assist them in adopting technology and methods that measurably improve the health of New Yorkers. Some providers may also be eligible for incentives for EHR use from federal, state, or private programs. Our job is to help offset the transition cost and burden as much as possible through training, education, and links to funding sources.

New Jersey’s Regional Extension Center

The nation’s healthcare system is undergoing a transformation in an effort to improve quality, safety and efficiency of care by harnessing advances in EHR technologies and health information exchange. To help facilitate this vision, the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, or the "HITECH Act" authorizes the creation of Health Information Technology Extension Programs. The extension program consists of Regional Extension Centers (REC) and a national Health Information Technology Research Center (HITRC).

Kentucky – Northeast Kentucky Regional Information Organization – NeKYRHIO

We service a 17 county area and are taking great strides to develop relationships with the healthcare community and the citizens of those areas. If you are a hospital or physician and would like to learn how you can earn incentive funding by achieving meaningful use please contact one of our highly qualified consultants. We can provide you with the information, guidance and support you will need through the implementation process

Minnesota – Regional Extension Assistance Center for Health Information Technology (REACH)

When you spend money and effort on implementing electronic health record (EHR) systems, you want to make sure you do it right. Patient safety, care quality, and even your ability to be an effective provider all depend on having the right EHR system and using it fully. What’s more, thousands of dollars of federal incentive payments are riding on your ability to reach meaningful use—the federal and state requirements for EHR functionality, reporting, and connectivity.

Georgia GA-HITREC

Primary Care for All is a virtual community designed to support the work of primary care clinicians working in underserved communities across the country. The site integrates three key areas of focus – training, resource file sharing, and peer-to-peer networking and support – providing users with a robust professional and social experience. The value of Primary Care for All will only increase as users contribute information and insights throughout the site.

PA REACH West – Quality Insights of Pennsylvania, Inc. (Western)

Technology continues to evolve at a lightning speed, and has made its way into almost every facet of our lives. There is no question that health information technology and exchange has the potential to significantly improve patient care and lower health care costs. In 2009, Congress passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA – the economic stimulus bill), which allocated a significant amount of funding to be used to encourage providers to implement electronic health records (EHRs) in their practice or facility. This money will be given to providers in the form of incentives through Medicare and Medicaid once providers adopt and show that they are meaningfully using an EHR. Also, as part of the ARRA bill, grants were made available to create Regional Extension Centers (RECs). The RECs will function similarly to the successful Farmers’ Extension Services that started in the 1930s. RECs will offer health care providers a local resource for technical assistance, guidance, and information on best practices to support and accelerate the meaningful use of EHR systems. Based on the size and population of our great state, Pennsylvania received funding for two RECs to assist our providers. PA REACH East and PA REACH West were established in April 2010 and are both a division of Quality Insights of Pennsylvania.

South Carolina Research Foundation, Columbia

Health Sciences South Carolina (HSSC) was established in 2004 as the nation's first statewide biomedical research collaborative. Today it is composed of six of the state’s largest health systems—Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center, Palmetto Health, Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, McLeod Health, AnMed Health and Self Regional Healthcare—and the state’s largest research-intensive universities—Clemson University, the Medical University of South Carolina and the University of South Carolina. The collaborative was formed with the vision of transforming the state's public health and economic wellbeing through research. It also is committed to educating and training the health care workforce.

PA REACH East – Quality Insights of Pennsylvania, Inc. (Eastern)

Technology continues to evolve at a lightning speed, and has made its way into almost every facet of our lives. There is no question that health information technology and exchange has the potential to significantly improve patient care and lower health care costs. In 2009, Congress passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA – the economic stimulus bill), which allocated a significant amount of funding to be used to encourage providers to implement electronic health records (EHRs) in their practice or facility. This money will be given to providers in the form of incentives through Medicare and Medicaid once providers adopt and show that they are meaningfully using an EHR. Also, as part of the ARRA bill, grants were made available to create Regional Extension Centers (RECs). The RECs will function similarly to the successful Farmers’ Extension Services that started in the 1930s. RECs will offer health care providers a local resource for technical assistance, guidance, and information on best practices to support and accelerate the meaningful use of EHR systems. Based on the size and population of our great state, Pennsylvania received funding for two RECs to assist our providers. PA REACH East and PA REACH West were established in April 2010 and are both a division of Quality Insights of Pennsylvania.

Tennessee REC – Qsource

tnREC is Tennessee's regional extension center for health information technology (HIT). We work with providers across the state to ensure they meet government requirements for HIT implementation and payment.

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