The Michigan Center for Effective IT Adoption, the state's Regional Extension Center, says it has reached its original grant-funded goal of helping 3,724 eligible professionals to achieve Meaningful Use of electronic health record technology.

M-CEITA’s one-on-one health information technical assistance has grown well beyond the original federally funded program. The program, led by the Altarum Institute, an Ann Arbor-based non-profit health systems research and consulting organization, was initially funded in 2010 by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.

M-CEITA is one of 62 centers nationwide focused on providing hands-on technical assistance to low-resource groups, such as primary care providers within urban, rural, and critical access settings, who may lack the technical knowledge or available staff to support achievement of Meaningful Use. Over $80 million in incentive payments have been made to M-CEITA clients throughout Michigan, according to Altarum.

In late 2014, the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) awarded M-CEITA additional funding to support primary care providers and specialists within the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program through 2017, including assisting providers with later stages of Meaningful Use. M-CEITA also works with MDCH on two programs designed to leverage health information technology to improve care for hypertensive and diabetic patients.

ONC reported in September 2014 that Regional Extension Centers--created under the HITECH Act to assist providers in adopting and becoming meaningful users of EHRs--have surpassed their overall goal by supporting more than 100,000 providers to demonstrate Stage 1 Meaningful Use. Located across the U.S., 62 RECs help primary care and underserved providers navigate the complex EHR adoption process from vendor selection and workflow analysis to implementation and MU. According to ONC, the REC network includes 54 percent of all rural providers, 80 percent of all critical access hospitals, and 83 percent of all community health centers.

 

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