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HIT Implementation Assistance. ARRA Section 3012 (Public Health Service Act). HIT Research Center (national). Provide Technical Assistance Develop or recognize best practices to support and accelerate efforts to: Adopt, implement, and effectively utilize HIT that Allows for

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hit implementation assistance

HIT Implementation Assistance

ARRA Section 3012

(Public Health Service Act)

hit research center national
HIT Research Center (national)
  • Provide Technical Assistance
  • Develop or recognize best practices to support and accelerate efforts to:
      • Adopt, implement, and effectively utilize HIT that Allows for
        • Electronic exchange and
        • Use of information
      • In compliance with standards, implementation specifications, and certification criteria adopted under Section 3004 of the HITECH Act.
hit research center purposes
HIT Research Center purposes
  • Forum for the exchange of knowledge and experience
  • Accelerate the transfer of lessons learned
  • Assemble, analyze, and widely disseminate evidence and experience
  • Provide technical assistance for HIE
  • Provide technical assistance for solutions to barriers for HIE
  • Learn about effective ways of adopting/using HIT in medically underserved areas
hit regional extension centers
HIT Regional Extension Centers
  • Provide technical Assistance
  • Disseminate best practices and other information
  • Support and accelerate efforts to adopt, implement, and utilize HIT.
best practices through extension programs
Parallels to U.S. Dept of Agriculture

Land Grant Universities

Cooperative Extension: County Agricultural Agents

Enormous benefit to 20th century agriculture

Best Practices through Extension programs
regional extension centers
Regional Extension Centers
  • Four year grant cycle
    • Years 1 & 2: 90% federal share
    • Years 3 & 4: 10% federal share
  • Estimated 70 centers, by geographic area
  • Supporting 100,000 providers
  • Nonprofit institutions
oklahoma regional extension center
Oklahoma Regional Extension Center
  • Oklahoma Primary Care Association initiated
  • Began meeting in June 2009
  • OHA, OSMA, OOA, OFMQ, OSU, OU, OHCA, OSDH, OKPRN, AHEC, HAU, others
  • Oklahoma Foundation for Medical Quality selected as grant applicant
hospitals hit extension program arra excerpt
Hospitals & HIT Extension Program – ARRA excerpt

(4) REGIONAL ASSISTANCE.—Each regional center shall aim to provide assistance and education to all providers in a region, but shall prioritize any direct assistance first to the following:

  • (A) Public or not-for-profit hospitals or critical access hospitals.
  • (B) Federally qualified health centers (as defined in section 1861(aa)(4) of the Social Security Act).
  • (C) Entities that are located in rural and other areas that serve uninsured, underinsured, and medically underserved individuals (regardless of whether such area is urban or rural).
  • (D) Individual or small group practices (or a consortium thereof) that are primarily focused on primary care.
may 28 federal register notice draft description
May 28 Federal Register notice - “draft description”

We propose that the goals of the regional center program should be to:

  • Encourage adoption of electronic health records by clinicians and hospitals;
  • Assist clinicians and hospitals to become meaningful users of electronic health records; and
  • Increase the probability that adopters of electronic health record systems will become meaningful users of the technology.
august 20 funding opportunity announcement
August 20 – Funding Opportunity Announcement

Pursuant to requirements of the HITECH Act, priority shall be given to providers that are primary-care providers (physicians and/or other health care professionals with prescriptive privileges, such as physician assistants and nurse practitioners) in any of the following settings:

  • individual and small group practices (ten or fewer professionals with prescriptive privileges) primarily focused on primary care;
  • public and Critical Access Hospitals;
  • Community Health Centers and Rural Health Clinics; and
  • other settings that predominantly serve uninsured, underinsured, and medically underserved populations.