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Two New ONC Beacon Communities Join the Family

Aaron McKethan | September 2, 2010

The Beacon Community program seeks to demonstrate how health IT-enabled improvements in health care quality, efficiency, and population health are possible, sustainable, and replicable in diverse communities across America. The program includes average three-year awards of $15 million to diverse communities with above-average electronic health record adoption rates and, in most cases, experience with information exchange. Collaborations of leaders from each of the 15 Beacon Communities that were awarded back in May have been busy operationalizing and implementing their health IT-enabled innovations that can support new ways of coordinating and streamlining health care and,

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Meaningful Use Gets Support from Private Sector

Dr. David Blumenthal | August 13, 2010

Health IT is a team effort. The whole point is to increase communication and coordination among the different players in the health care system. You just can’t go it alone in this field.
The good news is that, when you have a solid plan and a worthy objective, lots of talented people want to join the team and contribute to the effort.

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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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