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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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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.

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.

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

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.

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).

O-HITEC

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Oklahoma Foundation for Medical Quality (OFMQ)

Since 1972, Oklahoma Foundation for Medical Quality, an independent, not-for-profit organization, has played an integral role in improving health care and improving lives in Oklahoma. As the original Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) in Oklahoma, contracted through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), we provide in-depth quality evaluation and improvement programs for Medicare. An expert consultant to the health community, we are working toward a health care system where every person receives the right care every time, and where providers have the tools and resources to deliver that care.

Nebraska – Wide River Technology Extension Center

Wide River Technology Extension Center (TEC) is the Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center for Nebraska. Wide River TEC was formed out of a federal grant aimed to assist healthcare providers in adopting electronic health records (EHRs) and achieve the Meaningful Use of EHRs. Our goal is to get you to Meaningful Use as soon as possible so that you receive all available incentive funds and benefit from the quality and safety improvements of your EHR.

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.

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.

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.

New York eHealth Collaborative Inc

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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 – The North Texas Regional Extension Center (NTREC)

The North Texas Regional Extension Center (NTREC) was established as a program by the Dallas Fort Worth Hospital Council Education and Research Foundation (DFWHC-ERF) in April 2010. The cooperative agreement with the Office of National Coordinator for Health IT in the US Department of Health and Human Services was part of the second round of Regional Extension Centers (REC) awards. Sixty RECs were established around the country, including four in the State of Texas. The $8.5 million dollar award opportunity represents federal funding of 90% of the anticipated costs of the first two years of operation through April 2012. The primary purpose of the NTREC is to promote the adoption and meaningful use of Electronic Health Records (EHR) in the practices of priority primary care providers. NTREC has a target of assisting 1,498 providers to meaningful use in two years.

University of Kentucky Research Foundation, Lexington, Kentucky

Research leading to new knowledge and the transfer of this new knowledge through teaching and service are two of the major responsibilities of the University of Kentucky. The University of Kentucky Research Foundation (UKRF), a not-for-profit Kentucky corporation, was established in 1945 to receive, invest, and expend funds to promote and implement scientific, educational, and developmental activities at UK. UKRF serves as the university's agent in the receipt of all external grants and contracts, intellectual property income and other designated income; oversees the protection, development, and commercialization of intellectual properties; and manages special cooperative agreements.

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 

HIT Arkansas

HITArkansas, a division of the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care, is the federally designated Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center (HITREC) for the state of Arkansas. HITArkansas is part of a new effort by the federal government to increase the use of health information technology nationwide by offering guidance, technical assistance and financial incentives to health care providers who want to make the transition to electronic health records (EHRs).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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