Although the Regional Extension Center program will officially sunset at the end of 2016, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT estimates that 90 percent of the 62 current RECs will continue to operate nationwide,e helping providers to adopt electronic health records and meaningfully use them.

The centers, which operate in all 50 states, have been particularly helpful in assisting providers in rural, underserved healthcare settings to navigate the complex EHR adoption process from vendor selection and practice workflow redesign to implementation and project management, as well as addressing privacy and security issues.

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