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regional extension centers


December 29, 2011  12:18 PM

Regional extension centers, EHR vendors trying to play nice

CommunityManager Profile: CommunityManager
EHR vendor, REC, regional extension centers

By Brita Van Fossen, Editorial Assistant Since the passage of the HITECH Act in 2009, the focus throughout the health care industry has been compliance with meaningful use requirements and, consequently,...

December 28, 2011  12:46 PM

ONC tracking health IT implementation grants through online dashboard

cbyertechtarget Profile: cbyertechtarget
EHR incentives, electronic health record, health IT innovation, ONC, regional extension centers

Given the amount of grants the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) doles out to health care organizations for health IT implementation, the idea of monitoring the effectiveness of those grants would seemingly be a wise initiative. That's why ONC announced it's creating a national database to...


February 2, 2011  5:26 PM

It’s been a stormy couple of weeks for Health IT

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
Anthony Guerra, Barack Obama, health information exchange, Health IT, health reform, hitech, ONC, regional extension centers, Sarah Palin

It's been a stormy fortnight, weather-wise, for a good chunk of the country. In Washington, health care and health IT initiatives were battered by winds of potential political change as well. It started out well.


January 20, 2011  12:00 AM

New meaningful use videos instruct, yield laughs

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
David Blumenthal, EHR, EMR, I-HITEC, Meaningful use, ONC, REC, regional extension centers

Some IT managers might liken the experience of deploying electronic health record (EHR) software to a 1950s campy B- or C-grade horror movie in the Ed Wood vein. The Indiana Healthcare Information Technology Extension Center (I-HITEC) is...


December 10, 2010  9:08 AM

Beacon Communities ready to share lessons learned in health IT, HIE

AnneSteciw Profile: AnneSteciw
Beacon Community, health information exchange, HIE, regional extension centers

The Beacon Community program, authorized under the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, was created by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services to showcase the power of health information technology in improving health outcomes and costs. It is one of


November 4, 2010  9:58 AM

How well can regional extension centers serve physicians?

Beastwood Profile: Beastwood
EHR implementation, regional extension centers, Software as a Service

The regional extension center (REC) is positioned as a cornerstone of the federal effort to help physicians, especially those with small practices, adopt electronic health record (EHR) technology. There has been some debate over the last month, however, about whether the country's


September 30, 2010  7:20 AM

Final two regional extension centers selected, completes national system

AnneSteciw Profile: AnneSteciw
electronic health records, ONC, regional extension centers

This week, the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology selected the final two awardees for the regional extension center program, completing a national network of RECs for every region in the...


September 13, 2010  8:46 AM

Grants will help rural health care implement IT

Beastwood Profile: Beastwood
regional extension centers, rural health care, Telemedicine

The latest round of grant money to come from the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) will provide support for rural health care organizations as they implement electronic health records (EHRs) and...


August 30, 2010  9:20 AM

Only 2% of hospitals are ready for meaningful use

Beastwood Profile: Beastwood
EHR implementation, Meaningful use, regional extension centers

Researchers in Boston and Chicago have found the numbers to back up what many have been saying all along -- only about 2% of hospitals are ready to achieve meaningful use of electronic health...


August 12, 2010  10:50 AM

Regional extension centers get hands-on training from ONC

AnneSteciw Profile: AnneSteciw
meaningful use final rule, ONC, regional extension centers

As part of its overall effort to boost the adoption and meaningful use of electronic health records, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has funded more than 60 regional extension centers (REC) across the U.S. to help providers implement EHR systems. Until...


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