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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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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.

District of Columbia Primary Care Association (DCPCA)

In 1996, a small group of visionaries formed the District of Columbia Primary Care Association (DCPCA). More than a decade later, DCPCA is a leader in the health care community as a nonprofit health action and advocacy organization working to ensure that all residents of Washington, DC have the ability and opportunity to lead healthier lives – through increased health care coverage, expanded access, improved quality, workforce development, and enhanced communication

Alaska eHealth Network, Anchorage, Alaska

AeHN is dedicated to providing news updates on state and national activities related to health information exchange and to providing discussion space for all Alaskans to comment on issues related to health information exchange.

National Indian Health Board, District of Columbia

Adopt use of certified electronic health records (EHRs) and successfully meet the Meaningful Use standards for use of certified EHRs. Integrate improved workflow processes into facility/provider clinical practices through demonstration of meaningful use of an EHR that results in “Improved Quality of Patient Care and Outcomes.”

Texas – West Texas (WT-HITREC) – Texas Tech University Health Science Center

WTxHITREC is one of a select group of organizations throughout the U.S. designated as having the experience and capacity necessary to assist health care providers with the task of modernizing their practices with certified EHRs. We have been selected by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology to serve providers, with a focus on primary care providers, in West Texas.

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 

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.

Oregon O-Health Information Technology Extension Center

The purpose of the O-HITEC is to furnish assistance, defined as education, outreach, and technical assistance, to help providers in their geographic service areas select, successfully implement, and meaningfully use certified EHR technology to improve the quality and value of health care

Ponce School of Medicine, Puerto Rico

Welcome to the Ponce School of Medicine Regional Extension Center Website. Funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the Department of Health and Human Services is supporting the development of Regional Extension Centers across the United States to assist providers in adopting and implementing electronic health records (EHR) to an appropriate level of meaningful use.

One Medical Group Beverly Hills

As a group of physicians, we got tired of practicing medicine in a broken system. Instead, we listened to our patients and built a totally new medical group designed specifically to meet your needs. From on-time appointments to longer visits, you'll experience health care designed around you, not the other way around.

Arizona Health-e Connection, Phoenix, Ariz.

Communicate. Collaborate. Coordinate. In three words, that's the simplest way to express what AzHeC is here to accomplish. Our charter is to help Arizona consumers, insurers and providers find their way in the space where the importance of medical information and the power of information technology come together.

Delaware – Quality Insights of Delaware, Inc., Wilmington, Delaware

Quality Insights of Delaware has been awarded a $5.8 million grant to establish a Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center (RECs) in Delaware. The grant funding will help physicians adopt and effectively use electronic medical records. During the next two years, the Center will assist 1,000 Delaware physicians with the adoption and meaningful use of health information technology (HIT).

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.

Nevada – Health Insight

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) stimulus package includes financial incentives for health care providers that attain Meaningful Use with their electronic health record (EHR) systems. It also supports the creation of Health Information Technology Regional Extension Centers. Regional Extension Centers will support physician practices in adopting EHR systems and using their current systems to achieve Meaningful Use and obtain incentive payments.

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

North Carolina Healthcare Information and Communications Alliance, Inc. (NCHICA)

The NC AHEC program, under its Regional Extension Center grant with the Office of the National Coordinator, has fully staffed all nine AHEC regions of the state with high caliber personnel with a depth of knowledge and experience in electronic health record (EHR) implementation, EHR technical expertise and clinical and process improvement. All new staff have attended detailed training classes and are working in the field in an on-site consultative model to assist priority primary care practices across the state. These staff are prepared to assist practices in selecting and implementing EHRs or analyzing what current EHR systems they may already have to see if they are ready to meet the federal government’s definition of meaningful use within the Medicare or Medicaid incentive programs. Additionally, each AHEC in the state is equipped with staff who are experienced in improving clinical outcomes and are available to assist practices in identifying ways to improve their delivery and performance in care by optimizing the use of their new technology and achieving recognition as a patient centered medical home.

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.

Kansas Foundation for Medical Care, Inc. (KFMC)

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 includes financial incentives for healthcare providers that attain Meaningful Use (MU) with their Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems. As part of the ARRA, the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act authorized the formation of HIT Regional Extension Centers (RECs). These centers will support physician practices in adopting EHR systems and using their current systems to achieve meaningful use.

Alabama Regional Extension Center

The Alabama Regional Extension Center represents a state-wide collaborative lead by The University of South Alabama Center for Strategic Health Innovation. We are here to assist providers in the state of Alabama successfully implement Electronic Health Records in their practices.

Utah – HealthInsight

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) stimulus package includes financial incentives for health care providers that attain Meaningful Use with their electronic health record (EHR) systems. It also supports the creation of Health Information Technology Regional Extension Centers. Regional Extension Centers will support physician practices in adopting EHR systems and using their current systems to achieve Meaningful Use and obtain incentive payments.

eQHealth Solutions, Inc , Baton Rouge, Lousiana

Physicians wishing to help improve the Florida Medicad program can not put their medical expertise to work. eQHealth Solutions, the new Medicade utilization management contractor for the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, is seeking physicians who can review Medicaid claims for medical necessity.

Texas – University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston – Gulf Coast Regional Extension Center (GCREC).

The mission of The University of Texas Medical School at Houston is to provide the highest quality of education and training of future physicians for the state of Texas, in harmony with the state's diverse population; to conduct the highest caliber of research in the biomedical and health sciences; and to provide exemplary clinical services in relationship to our educational and discovery activities.

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.

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.

Indiana Health Information Technology Extension Center

Funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the Department of Health and Human Services is supporting the development of Regional Extension Centers across the United States (Health Information Technology Extension Program) to assist providers in adopting and implementing electronic health records (EHR) to an appropriate level of meaningful use. Purdue University, in conjunction with statewide partners, was awarded funding to establish the Indiana Health Information Technology Extension Center, or I-HITEC, to serve the state of Indiana.

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.

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.

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).

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.

Florida – South Florida Regional Extension Center Collaborative

The combined strength of Health Choice Network, as the non-profit operational lead, and the SFHII as the non-profit administrative and governance lead, will result in a highly successful REC that will ensure bringing the meaningful use of EHR to South Florida. Both organizations have a long and successful history of supporting primary care providers and health information technology. The SFHII is a convening organization that involves multiple stakeholders as partners in the development of a community health information organization that focuses on improving health care efficiency and quality and enhancing patient safety and care. Its mission is to create and maintain an economically sustainable community health information exchange that will meet the needs of patients, providers, payers, employers and policymakers in South Florida’s metropolitan area. Health Choice Network, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit, has more than 15 years’ experience in successfully implementing EHR/EOHR with more than 400 providers resulting in 1.9 Million patients with an electronic health record in primary care settings.

Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum

As the Regional Extension Center for Louisiana, the Louisiana Health Information Technology (LHIT) Resource Center is the local resource for technical assistance, guidance and information to support and accelerate health care providers’ efforts to adopt and meaningfully use EHRs.

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.

Texas – CentrEast Regional Extension Center – Texas A&M System Health Science Center – Rural and Community Health Institute

It is the vision of the CentrEast Regional Extension Center to be recognized as a center of excellence in healthcare extension services through partnerships with 1000 Priority Primary Care Providers (PPCPs) and Primary Care Providers (PCPs) in the CentrEast geographic region of Texas. Further, CentrEast will build on existing provider resources and remain a trusted partner for years to come through our already sustained health extension center.

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.

Montana – Health Technology Services (HTS) Mountain-Pacific Quality Health Foundation

Regional Extension Centers (RECs) offer technical assistance, guidance and information on best practices to support and accelerate health care providers’ efforts to become meaningful users of Electronic Health Records (EHRs).

Connecticut- eHealth Connecticut, Inc., Rocky Hill, Connecticut

The REC will focus its most intensive technical assistance on clinicians (physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners) furnishing primary-care services, with a particular emphasis on individual and small group practices (fewer than 10 clinicians with prescriptive privileges). The REC will also focus intensive technical assistance on clinicians providing primary care in public and critical access hospitals, community health centers, and in other settings that predominantly serve uninsured, underinsured, and medically underserved populations.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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