The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT is highly committed to the HITECH Act as it is diligently providing technical support to critical access and rural hospitals for the seamless implementation of EHR systems.
In line with that commitment, the ONC recently provided an additional $12 million in funding to 48 regional extension centers (RECs) to the critical access hospitals (CAHs) and rural hospitals. This is in addition to the initial $20 million that was provided to these organizations back in September.
The overall purpose of this funding is to enhance the technical support offered by RECs in order to accelerate the switch to electronic health records. Implemented as part of the Medicare and Medicaid incentive programs, the RECs are dedicated to offering guidance, support, necessary information and technical support to practices in order to facilitate their “meaningful use” of EHR technology.