A New York-based, federally funded, health information technology regional extension center has announced it has reached its first-year goal of enrolling more than 5,000 physicians.
N.Y. REC reaches physician enrollment goal
The $683 million regional IT extension center program was eastablished under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 with the goal of assisting office-based physicians and rural healthcare providers in adopting and becoming meaningful users of electronic health-records systems.
The REC operated by the not-for-profit New York eHealth Collaborative said in a news release that on Dec. 15 it had reached its goal of enrolling 5,107 physicians and other eligible healthcare providers. The NyeHC's extension center is based in New York City, but covers the state of New York outside the city's five boroughs.
Thus far, 7% of the NYeHC/REC's enrollees have achieved meaningful use under the Medicare EHR incentive payment program, according to a news release.
"We are thrilled to have reached our goal for enrollees. However, it's really step one toward our ultimate goal," Paul Wilder, director of the extension center, said in the news release. “Now, we're looking forward to using the strong relationships we have with our regional partners to move all of our REC providers to meaningful use."
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