Who is eHealthDC?
eHealthDC is the Regional Extension Center for the District of Columbia and a program of the DC Primary Care Association. eHealthDC serves as a neutral source for credible EHR and HIT information in addition to offering direct, individualized, and on-site technical assistance to more than 1,000 providers as they pursue meaningful EHR use. Our goal is to improve the quality of health care in DC while helping eligible providers qualify for incentive payments from the federal government.
We are committed to working with any provider, regardless of specialty, affiliation, chosen EHR, or status of implementation.
Improving the nation’s health care through health information technology (health IT) is a major initiative for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), and other HHS agencies are working together to assist health care providers with the adoption and meaningful use of electronic health records.
ONC has allocated $677 million for 62 Regional Extension Centers (RECs, pronounced R-E-Cs) to help more than 100,000 primary care providers meaningfully use electronic health records (EHRs). Eligible providers who adopt and meaningfully use EHRs may receive incentive payments through the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs. Providers do not have to become technology experts to achieve meaningful use of EHRs; RECs will provide them with on-the-ground assistance.
REC services include outreach and education, EHR support (e.g., working with vendors, helping choose a certified EHR system), and technical assistance in implementing health IT and using it in a meaningful way to improve care.
RECs are charged with supporting eligible providers in achieving Meaningful Use and qualifying for incentive payments from CMS. Across the country each REC is responsible for a particular geographical area.
Funding from the Federal government for RECs is aligned with providers’ successful achievement of meaningful use.