A Social Network and MOOC for Health Informatics Professionals and Students
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) just released several datasets, to include how our HIT Regional Extension Centers (RECs) are doing with the promotion and adoption of electronic health records. ONC funded the creation of 62 RECs in the United States with the goal of promoting HIT adoption, particularly among primary care physicians who practice in rural underserved areas.
As of April 2012 140,057 physicians registered with a REC for possible assistance. Most of the RECs exceeded their goals in terms of signing up physicians but here are the more important statistics
This dataset is the most recent resource to suggest that mainly urban and larger practices in the US are adopting EHRs and receiving reimbursement. The RECs have not been successful in reaching the goal of getting rural small primary care practices to adopt EHRs. What is the next step?....Bob Hoyt MD