The nation’s 62 health information technology regional extension centers have formed an association to advance their interests and the providers they serve.

The goal of the Association of Regional Centers for Health Information Technology, or ARCH-IT, is to assist the HITECH Act-funded RECs in becoming sustainable organizations as federal support is scheduled to stop after 2013. As of April, more than 140,000 providers had enrolled in RECs with 77,000 installing an electronic health record and about 11,500 becoming meaningful users.

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