Learn More About EHR’s
The HITECH has set up 62 Regional Extension Centers (RECs) to help more than 100,000 primary care providers nationwide implement and meaningfully use EHRs and engage in health information exchange over the next two years. Primary care providers do not have to become technology experts to achieve meaningful use of EHRs; RECs will provide them with on-the-ground assistance. The RECs and several other programs will combine to build a foundation for every American to benefit from an EHR. To find the REC serving your area, please visit http://healthit.hhs.gov/programs/REC.
Your state has also established a health information exchange (HIE) organization, through the State HIE Cooperative Agreement Program, to develop and advance methods for information sharing across states. This will help ensure that health care providers and hospitals meet national standards and meaningful use requirements. To find the HIE organization in your state, please visit http://healthit.hhs.gov/programs/stateHIE.
Additionally, 70 community colleges across the nation will begin training health IT professionals to fill the expanding need for a skilled workforce to help health care providers implement EHRs. To learn more, visit http://healthit.hhs.gov/communitycollege.
Each CMS Regional Office has established points of contact who receive and respond to inquiries on the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs, including general, technical, and complex questions from the public. In addition, CMS regional staff support and conduct local outreach and education, including building and supporting local partnerships and delivering outreach messages through CMS HITECH regional teams. Find your CMS Regional Office at http://www.cms.gov/.