"RECs" Posts

Portrait of Anand Parekh

Clinical-Community Linkages: A Step towards Better Health

Anand Parekh | November 21, 2013

As a practicing physician, I often counsel patients on the importance of healthy behaviors such as eating a nutritious diet, being physically active, and not smoking or abusing other substances. However, health education in the clinical setting is usually brief and of limited effectiveness – we have little means to reinforce our guidance in the patient’s day-to-day life.

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Portrait of Dawn Heisey-Grove

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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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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