Evaluation of Technical Assistance to Increase the Use of Electronic Medical Records
REC Program Evaluation Interim Report - Round 1 Case Studies
Electronic medical records are a critical component of health care delivery. The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act of 2009 provided $19.2 billion to increase the use of electronic medical records by physicians and hospitals. A portion of this funding was used by the Regional Extension Center (REC) program, through the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Technology, for 62 grants to 60 organizations across the United States. These grants gave RECs the ability to provide technical assistance to physicians and other health care providers in small practices to adopt, implement and “meanfully use” electronic medical records.
This report is part of a multiyear, mixed-method independent national program evaluation of those technical assistance efforts by RECs. The report summarizes key findings from nine in-depth case studies, describing how these nine RECs operationalized and implemented their technical assistance programs.