Local Implementation Support

Portrait of Leila Samy

Creative Solutions to Expand Iowa’s Rural Health IT Funding

Leila Samy | June 28, 2013

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. 

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Portrait of Mat Kendall, M.P.H.

Regional Extension Centers Supporting EHR Adoption

Mat Kendall, M.P.H. | December 14, 2010

The Regional Extension Centers (RECs) located across the country play a critical role in advancing the use of health information technology (health IT). They are charged with guiding some 100,000 health care providers in their efforts to establish and meaningfully use electronic health records in their practices. They offer a variety of services including outreach and education, and on-the-ground assistance.

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Portrait of Mat Kendall, M.P.H.

ONC’s RECs Prepare to Provide Meaningful Use Help

Mat Kendall, M.P.H. | August 11, 2010

To support the adoption and meaningful use of electronic health records, ONC has funded 60 Regional Extension Centers (RECs) across the country. The goal of the RECs is to provide outreach, education, and on-site technical assistance to support 100,000 primary care physicians implementing electronic health records (EHRs) into their practices and working to attain meaningful use of their systems.

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