Regional Extension Centers (RECs) Health Information Technology
The HHS Office for the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology announced that more than 100,000 primary care providers are adopting certified Electronic Health Records (EHRs) to help improve their quality of care and ultimately lower health care costs. RECs serve the majority of primary care providers in small practices in rural areas. These figures include over half of the targeted 1,776 critical access and rural hospitals in 41 states and throughout Indian Country. A complete listing of REC grant recipients and additional information about Regional Extension Centers may be found at http://www.HealthIT.hhs.gov/REC/.
COREC is using SpectraMD’s Interactive Content Delivery and Analytics Platform to streamline the tracking for 1,000 priority primary care providers to achieve meaningful use of their EHRs, at the Telligen Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center, based in Iowa.
There has been a lot of activity in Florida recently. Here are the links to the RECs servicing Florida health centers – Florida providers, clinics, and hospitals.
- Florida – Rural and North Florida Regional Extension Center
- Florida – South Florida Regional Extension Center Collaborative
- Florida – University of Central Florida, Orlando
- Florida – University of South Florida, Tampa
The Washington & Idaho Regional Extension Center (WIREC), a division of Qualis Health, announced that it has met its enrollment goal of 2,369 healthcare providers in Washington and Idaho as part of the national effort to accelerate the adoption of electronic health records (EHRs). Practitioners across both states sought WIREC out for assistance with EHR implementation and utilization in order to attain “meaningful use” of their systems.
A valuable report and useful tool for regional extension centers is NEHC’s Secrets of HIE Success Revealed: Lessons from the Leaders, a report commissioned by NeHC in order to provide in-depth studies of successful and mature HIEs in diverse geographies and market types. The report captures the key dimensions of success for HIE leadership and sustainability, contributes to the development of a national roadmap for health information exchange, and provides insight and guidance for emerging HIEs. One of the organizations highlighted includes HealthBridge. They offer a wide variety of technology services, including a regional extension center (REC), quality improvement services such as a disease registry and workflow redesign, and health information exchange services. The HIE services include EHR integration, results delivery, order entry, e-prescribing, summary record exchange, public health reporting, syndromic surveillance and electronic claims check and eligibility verification. They recently announced that The Tri-State Regional Extension Center (REC) met its enrollment goal of 1,739 primary care providers in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky.
See the PHIN Messaging Guide for Syndromic Surveillance: Emergency Department and Urgent Care Data has been approved and released. FAQs have been documented to assist you as well as the Comment Disposition worksheet .