Regional Extension Centers--created under the HITECH Act to assist providers in adopting and becoming meaningful users of electronic health records--have surpassed their goal by supporting more than 100,000 providers to demonstrate Stage 1 Meaningful Use, according to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.

“RECs are partnered with over 150,000 providers across the country--44 percent (139,000) of all primary care providers and more than 13,000 specialists--and helped 91 percent of those providers adopt an electronic health record system,” states a Sept. 17 blog co-authored by National Coordinator Karen DeSalvo, M.D. In addition, DeSalvo reveals that a recent study found providers working with an REC were nearly twice as likely to earn an EHR incentive payment.

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