To encourage EHR adoption and enhance the quality of healthcare, the Federal Government is providing incentives to providers starting January 2011. To qualify for government incentive payments, physicians have to demonstrate use of a certified EHR. Levin Software Guarantees to be ONCHIT 2011 Stage I certified by February 2011 and help physicians demonstrate meaningful use and qualify for incentive payments from the government.


The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is establishing a nationwide network of Regional Extension Centers to help providers adopt certified EHR technology and achieve meaningful use under the Health Information Technology Extension Program.

Health Information Technology Extension Program.


The HITECH Act authorizes a Health Information Technology Extension Program. The extension program consists of Health Information Technology Regional Extension Centers (RECs) and a national Health Information Technology Research Center (HITRC).

What is the HITRC?


The HITRC will gather information on effective practices and help the RECs work with one another and with relevant stakeholders to identify and share best practices in EHR adoption, meaningful use, and provider support.

What are the Regional Extension Centers (RECs)?


The RECs will support and serve health care providers to help them quickly become adept and meaningful users of electronic health records (EHRs). RECs are designed to make sure that primary care clinicians get the help they need to use EHRs.

RECs will:

  • Provide training and support services to assist doctors and other providers in adopting EHRs
  • Offer information and guidance to help with EHR implementation
  • Give technical assistance as needed
  • The goal of the program is to provide outreach and support services to at least 100,000 priority primary care providers within two years

Under HITECH, $677 million is allocated to support a nationwide system of RECs that cover every geographic region of the United States to ensure plenty of support to health care providers in communities across the country.


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