HealthBridge, a health information exchange serving the greater Cincinnati region, also now serves in partnership with other organizations as a regional extension center after receiving $9.7 million federal grant authorized under the HITECH Act.

The organizations have launched the Tri-State Regional Extension Center to serve southwestern Ohio, northern Kentucky and southeastern Indiana. The government in recent months has awarded grants totaling $642 million to develop 60 such extension centers across the nation, which will offer technical assistance to providers implementing electronic health records and other I.T. systems.

The Tri-State center expects to help more than 1,700 physicians adopt electronic health records. The center's regional partners include the University of Kentucky, Northern Kentucky University, Collaborating Communities Health Information Exchange, HealthLINC, Northeast Kentucky Regional Health Information Organization, Health Care Excel and Ohio KePRO (the state quality improvement organization).

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--Joseph Goedert


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