The Colorado Regional Extension Center on Oct. 18 announced receipt of the 800th signed letter of agreement from a provider. The REC, which operates within the Colorado Regional Health Information Organization, had a goal of signing 600 providers within six months and reached 800 in less than three months.

CO-REC is one of 62 regional extension centers funded with $677 million in economic stimulus funds to provide heavily subsidized technical and advisory services to small or safety net primary care providers during the next two years. RECs also will provide less comprehensive services to critical access and small rural hospitals.

In addition to CORHIO, the state designated health information exchange, six other organizations have partnered with CO-REC to provide services. While many RECs are charging nominal fees for their services, CO-REC, with support from its partners, is providing assistance at no charge. The REC expects to serve 2,295 providers through the stimulus grant funds.

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--Joseph Goedert


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