The goal of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services was to get 100,000 healthcare providers to establish meaningful use of electronic health records which they have achieved long back. The realization of the goal itself proves that the health professionals have recognized the potential of electronic health records as compared to the paper counterpart. EHRs increase the overall patient experience. Physicians, physician assistants, certified nurse midwives and nurse practitioners are some of the eligible professionals who have received the incentives.
During the period of May 2011 to May 2012, EHR Incentive Program has distributed around $5.7 billion of which $2.6 billion came from Medicaid and the rest from Medicare. One out of every 5 Medicare and Medicaid eligible professionals has received the incentive. This incentive has really boosted the process of adoption of this technology by number of healthcare providers across US.
The regional extension center is one more entity that has played a big role and has helped in the widespread implementation of HER technology. The main objective of these organizations is to work with the health providers and assist them in achieving the meaningful use criteria in order to be qualified for the incentive. More than 133,000 care providers and about 10,000 specialists are known to have taken help from these RECs to achieve the target. for further details, visit : https://www.cms.gov/regulations-and-guidance/legislation/ehrincentiveprograms/certification.html
IFMC’s Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center (REC) is one such independent, not for profit organization that provides the required technical assistance to health care providers in order to implement EHRs in their clinic or hospitals. They also help these individuals to achieve the required meaningful use criteria in order to get the incentive. Their national network consists of around 60 RECs which enables them to deliver reliable and rapid health IT services to as much users as possible.