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.

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