Regional Extension Centers

Portrait of Maggie Wanis

Addressing disparities from the heart

Maggie Wanis | April 18, 2014

April is National Minority Health Month, this year with the theme of “Prevention is Power: Taking Action for Health Equity.” Transforming our nation’s health care system needs deliberate and diligent work in addressing health inequity and disparities that persist among populations. As part of the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Action Plan to reduce Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, the ONC is leveraging its programs to improve the quality of health care of patients and communities through strategic use of health IT.

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Portrait of Kimberly Lynch, M.P.H.

RECs surpassed their goals to increase EHR adoption

Kimberly Lynch, M.P.H. | February 13, 2014

Happy Birthday RECs!
This month marks the 4th birthday of the Regional Extension Center (REC) Program, and what a four years it’s been! We thought we’d take this chance to talk about some of the accomplishments that REC’s achieved in the past few years, and how their partnership with providers continues in leveraging health IT to improve care.

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Portrait of Bebet Navia, RN

Bridging the Gap Between Behavioral Health and EHRs in New Jersey

Bebet Navia, RN | May 17, 2013

The need for electronic health records (EHRs) designed specifically for those suffering from mental health and substance abuse issues has never been greater. Patients living with diabetes and cardiovascular diseases are twice as likely to suffer from depression than the general population.1
Hurricane Sandy, last year’s Nor’easter, foreclosures, unemployment, and the economy are just a few of the many external stressors and life traumas that may contribute to increased incidence of behavioral health conditions. And that doesn’t take into consideration personal stressors.

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