More than 100,000 primary care physicians have committed to work with regional extension centers to achieve meaningful use of electronic health records, according to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.

The HITECH Act-funded RECs target assistance programs to physicians working with underserved populations in community health centers and public hospitals, small or rural practices, and critical access and rural hospitals. Committed physicians in the hospitals account for half of 1,776 targeted critical access and rural hospitals that RECs also serve.

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