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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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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.

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.

Chicago Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center (CHITREC)

We aim to provide individualized technical assistance to Primary Care Providers (PCPs) in Chicago to become meaningful users of electronic health records (EHRs). In particular, we will focus on PCPs who provide care for the uninsured, underinsured and medically underserved.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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).

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.

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.

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.

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