The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology will survey hundreds of small practice physicians, nurses and administrators to access the value of the Regional Extension Center program in helping practices adopt and meaningfully use electronic health records.

“The survey data will be analyzed to determine whether there is an association between REC participation and the use of technical assistance, EHR adoption, and achievement of meaningful use of electronic health records by primary care practices,” according to an ONC notice. “The data also will be used to identify challenges faced by primary care practices when adopting and meaningfully using EHRs.”

The paper and interactive telephone surveys will seek to answer six questions:

* Is REC participation associated with adoption and meaningful use of EHRs?

* Is REC participation associated with attestation for the Medicare and Medicaid incentive programs?

* Is REC participation associated with satisfaction and positive opinions about EHRs?

* Is REC participation associated with use of assistance services?

* Is REC participation associated with experiencing less difficulty in adoption of EHRs?

* Is REC participation associated with being part of a care transformation program?

ONC estimates the paper surveys will take about 10 minutes and the phone services will take a half-hour.

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