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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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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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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 – 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Purdue University

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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

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.

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.

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