The federal government in February and April awarded HITECH grants for the creation of 60 regional extension centers to assist providers in adopting electronic health records. By early summer, 14 RECs reported they had signed contracts to provide services to primary care providers.

That's one of the findings of a baseline survey of RECs that eHealth Initiative conducted in June and July. The Washington-based advocacy organization contacted all 60 RECs and received 46 survey responses. It expects to conduct the first follow-up survey late this year. MedPlus Inc., a Cincinnati-based document imaging and EHR vendor, sponsored the baseline survey.

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