Most Regional Extension Centers are Still in the Planning Stage

WASHINGTON – Most health IT Regional Extension Centers, funded by the federal government to jump start the adoption of EHRs by physicians in solo and small practices, remain in the planning phase, according to a new survey by eHealth Initiative…  Most Regional Extension Centers still in planning stages

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CONNECTICUT – Learn about the CT's Health IT Regional Extension Centers :  Regional Extension Center (REC) Overview On April 8, 2010 eHealthConnecticut received a $5.7 million grant from the Office of the National Coordinator, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to support health care providers in accelerating the adoption of health information technology.





REC Mission and Vision

  1. Mission – Help Connecticut's providers select, implement, and achieve meaningful use of Electronic Health Records (EHR) systems in order to enhance health care quality, safety and efficiency.

  2. Vision – Serve at least 2,300 of the state’s 8,000 practicing physicians during the next four years. In the long term our objective is to have 80% of Connecticut’s providers live with EHR systems and interoperating via Health Information Exchange. In the first two years we will serve at least 1,338 “priority” providers, or those in small practices or caring for underserved patient populations.

Providers seeking to meaningfully use EHRs face a variety of challenging tasks. Those tasks include assessing needs, selecting and negotiating with a system vendor or reseller, implementing project management, and instituting workflow changes to improve clinical performance and ultimately, outcomes. In turn, eligible providers who attain meaningful use will become eligible to receive up to $65,000 in incentive payments under the provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2010

Health IT VENDORS: The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has issued Standards and Certification Criteria (Standards and Certification Criteria for Electronic Health Records) for the certification of EHR Technology. eHealthConnecticut, through a Request for Information process, is collecting information from interested EHR vendors and will post information here from all “Qualified Vendors” who respond. This database will give providers up to date information to help them with their selection process.

RFI/RFP schedule:

Process

Deadline

Issue RFP

July 26, 2010

Intent to Respond

July 30, 2010

Written Questions Due

August 4, 2010

Responses Posted

August 11, 2010

Responses Due

August 18, 2010

Vendors Chosen for Posting

August 31, 2010

Vendor Information Posted on Public Website

September 15, 2010



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