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Regional extension centers get hands-on training from ONC

As part of its overall effort to boost the adoption and meaningful use of electronic health records, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has funded more than 60 regional extension centers (REC) across the U.S. to help providers implement EHR systems. Until recently, one of the challenges those regional extension centers faced in boosting EHR adoption rates was uncertainty about the meaningful use criteria. With the final meaningful use rule now established, RECs across the country must be prepared to help providers meet those criteria.

This summer, the ONC is hosting five regional meetings to give REC staff the opportunity for hands-on training in the final meaningful use regulations. The meetings also allow staff to share best practices, attend educational sessions, network with Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services employees, learn what other programs are doing, and become familiar with the support tools available to them through the REC program.

The Office of Provider Adoption Support, which manages the REC program, is attending the meetings to learn more about each program’s goals, opportunities and challenges .The first three meetings were held recently in Kansas City, Mo.; Providence, R.I. and Nashville, Tenn., with the final two scheduled for Chicago on August 10-11, and Salt Lake City on August 17-18.

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