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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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NYC REACH

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

New 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.

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.

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.

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 (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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Lovelace Clinic Foundation

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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).

Idaho -WIREC (Washington & Idaho Regional Extension Center)

WIREC can help your practice reach the federal government's EHR "meaningful use" standards and earn the corresponding incentive payments from Medicare and Medicaid.

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).

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.

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

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.

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.

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).

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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