Regional Extension Centers

Portrait of Elizabeth Frederick

National Nurses Week 2013: Health IT is Essential to Optimal Care

Elizabeth Frederick | May 7, 2013

This is the second blog post in a series related to National Nurses Week and how Health IT is helping nurse provide coordinated care to their patients.
I am Betsy Frederick, MSN-NP, a nurse practitioner (NP) with Martin’s Point Health Care in Bangor, Maine and I have used health information technology (health IT) since 1992. Health IT has helped me provide individualized primary care for my patients.

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EHR Adoption Rates Increase with Aid from Local RECs

Emily Jones | March 21, 2013

Leaders, clinicians, and community board members of the nation’s Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) are meeting in Washington this week to engage in collaborative learning and celebrate their journey towards meaningful use. They will also be comparing notes about what works, and what doesn’t in their adoption of health information technology. Specifically they will be discussing how EHR adoption rates have significantly increased when a health center engages a local Regional Extension Center (REC).

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Let’s Keep One Million Hearts Beating Strong!

Larry Jessup | March 5, 2013

In February, communities across America celebrated American Heart month to promote healthy lifestyles and provide Americans with resources to prevent and control heart disease.
Every year, approximately 935,000 Americans suffer from a heart attack, and about 600,000 people die from heart disease, which is 1 out of every 4 American deaths.  Heart Disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States.

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Using Information about Challenges to EHR Adoption and Meaningful Use to Find Global Solutions

Dawn Heisey-Grove | October 2, 2012

In November 2011, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) began working with the nation’s 62 Regional Extension Centers (RECs) to create a comprehensive dataset of challenges that providers are experiencing in the journey toward electronic health record (EHR) adoption and meaningful use.

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