Local Implementation Support
ONC provides local EHR implementation support for physicians and health care providers through its Regional Extension Centers program. Below youâ€™ll find stories of EHR/EMR implementations, tips for those in the midst of an implementation, and stories highlighting how the Regional Extension Centers have helped physicians throughout the country make the transition to electronic health records.â€ƒ
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ONC and ORHP: Working to help rural health providers leverage health IT to improve quality and fuel economic development
This is one in a series of blog posts to coincide with National Rural Health Day. To follow the conversation on Twitter, look for #RuralHealth.
Since the summer of 2010, ONC and HRSA’s Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP) have teamed up in support of rural health and rural economic development, with a focus on helping rural providers and hospitals leverage technology to optimize their communities’ health systems. Our goal is simple but not easy: improve care quality across the spectrum of care for rural communities.
Earlier this month, the USDA Rural Development Iowa State Office, the Iowa Regional Health IT Extension Center (REC) and the Iowa State Office of Rural Health convened the first Iowa Rural Health IT Forum to launch a pilot project designed to expand funding for rural health IT infrastructure to support Critical Access Hospitals (CAH) and rural hospitals in Iowa. This workshop, planned to be held annually, targeted a group of Iowa CAHs and rural hospitals to help them coordinate funding and financing opportunities for rural health IT infrastructure that could help with the adoption of certified electronic health record (EHR) technology and associated system and facility improvements. Investments like these are necessary for CAHs and rural hospitals to achieve Meaningful Use Stage I and II.
What can happen when a community, enabled by a strong foundation of health information technology (health IT), rallies around specific health care and health improvement goals? The Beacon Community Program, an initiative launched by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), seeks to answer this question.