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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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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.”

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

Arkansas – HITArkansas

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).

Contact West Virginia Regional Health Information Technology Extension Center

The West Virginia Health Improvement Institute is one of 62 non-profit organizations across the nation awarded federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) dollars to support the development of regional extension centers (RECs), which will aid health centers and medical professionals as they work to implement and use certified health information technology and achieve health improvement outcomes through “meaningful use."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Ohio – HealthBridge Inc.

Greater Cincinnati was awarded a Beacon Community Grant from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) in September of 2010. The purpose of the Beacon Community Program is to build and strengthen communities’ health information technology (health IT) infrastructure and exchange capabilities to achieve meaningful and improved health care quality, safety, cost efficiency, and reduced health disparities. One of the identified infrastructure enhancements for the Greater Cincinnati Beacon Collaboration (GCBC) is a Clinical Data Repository (CDR) with advanced Business Intelligence and Data Analytics capabilities. HealthBridge is releasing a Request for Proposal to assist in the identification, evaluation, selection, and implementation of an advanced CDR.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Illinois Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center (IL-HITREC)

IL-HITREC is a collaboration of several healthcare and educational organizations that are focused on providing education, outreach and technical assistance to priority primary care providers within the state of Illinois, outside the City of Chicago. IL-HITREC is partially funded by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act (Title IV in Division B of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

New Mexico Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center (NM HITREC)

The New Mexico Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center (NM HITREC) is a consortium of three nonprofit organizations: LCF Research, the New Mexico Medical Review Association (NMMRA), and the New Mexico Primary Care Association (NMPCA). Each organization brings a special expertise to this collaborative effort to assist priority primary care providers throughout the state meet the challenges in embracing the national commitment to reach "meaningful use" of electronic health records (EHRs) to improve patient care.

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.

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

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.

CalOptima

CalOptima is proud to be selected as the Regional Extension Center (REC) for Orange County, California. Through the CalOptima Foundation, a non-profit organization created by CalOptima, the CalOptima Regional Extension Center (COREC) will collaboratively work with physicians and other eligible providers to integrate Health Information Technology (HIT) into their offices and bring them to meaningful use.

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