"Regional Extension Centers" Posts

Portrait of Larry T. Jessup, MHA

Rhode Island: A Look at How a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Team is Using ADT

Larry T. Jessup, MHA | November 3, 2014

Health care organizations using clinical alerting in Rhode Island are seeing improved outcomes and measureable reductions in 30-day hospital readmissions, duplicate testing, and fewer emergency department visits that result in a patient being admitted to the hospital.

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Portrait of Laurance Stuntz, MeHI

South Cove Community Health Center Uses Electronic Health Records to Increase Patient Follow Ups

Laurance Stuntz, MeHI | September 17, 2014

Leads to Increased Cancer Screening and Better Diabetes Management
The nation’s 62 Regional Extension Centers (RECs) have helped hundreds of thousands of health care providers, doctors, health clinics, and small rural hospitals across the nation learn the best practices for implementing and using electronic health records, or EHRs.  Working closely with partners in their cities and towns, RECs are helping drive innovation by assisting healthcare providers to spur practice transformation and provide better health care to their patients.

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Portrait of Dr. Karen B. DeSalvo

Advancing Adoption, Interoperability and Transformation – Regional Extension Centers Surpass 100,000 Providers to Stage 1 Meaningful Use

Dr. Karen B. DeSalvo |

In February 2014 we highlighted our regional extension centers’ (REC) success in supporting adoption of electronic health records (EHRs), and today, during National Health IT Week 2014, we are proud to announce the RECs have surpassed their goal and  now support over 100,000 providers to demonstrate Stage 1 Meaningful Use.

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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 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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