Skip to content Skip to navigation

Georgia REC Makes Strides in Statewide EHR Adoption

October 4, 2013
by Gabriel Perna
| Reprints

The Georgia Health Information Technology Extension Center (GA-HITEC) has gotten 92 percent of its current member providers to go live with a certified electronic health record (EHR), the organization announced, with 2,134 (53 percent of its target) achieving meaningful use.

GA-HITEC, the only federally endorsed regional extension center (REC) in Georgia, says it ranks eighth nationally among the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology's (ONC’s) 62 RECs. It is among six RECs who have attained 53 percent of its provider members demonstrating Stage 1 meaningful use, with the national median being 45 percent.

GA-HITEC Executive Director, Kim Bell, said in a statement: "[In] surpassing the half-way point in our overall target of nearly 4,000 Georgia primary care member providers to EHR meaningful use is a direct result of the services provided through GA-HITEC and a testament to the resources and expertise available as Georgia's federally-endorsed HIT Regional Extension Center."

Delaware recently became home to the first of the 62 federally funded RECs to reach 100 percent of its ONC mandated milestones. Those milestones included a) recruiting or engaging small-to-medium sized primary care providers, b) taking those providers through electronic health record (EHR) go live with their certified EHR and c) getting more than half of the primary care providers in the state to achieve Stage 1 of meaningful use.

Topics

News

Lenovo Health and Orbita Launch Voice-Enabled Home Health Assistant Technology

North Carolina-based health IT company Lenovo Health and Orbita, a Boston-based connected home healthcare company, launched a virtual home care solution and showcased the technology at HIMSS17 in Orlando.

Phase 2 Winners Chosen in ‘Move Health Data Forward’ Challenge

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has announced five winners in Phase 2 of the “Move Health Data Forward” Challenge, a contest to develop solutions to help with the flow of health information.

National Association for Trusted Exchange Unveils FHIR-Based Solution for Data Sharing

At the HIMSS17 conference in Orlando on Monday, The National Association for Trusted Exchange (NATE) unveiled NATE’s Blue Button Directory (NBBD) and is demonstrating it as part of the Federal Health Architecture’s demonstrations in the HIMSS17 Interoperability Showcase.

Health Catalyst Incorporates Regenstrief’s NLP Solution in Its Analytics Platform

At the HIMSS17 conference in Orlando, the nonprofit Regenstrief Institute announced a partnership with analytics vendor Health Catalyst involving Regenstrief's artificial intelligence-powered text analytics technology.

Survey: Cybersecurity Getting More Attention at the C-Suite and Board Level

Cybersecurity has been elevated to a central concern for healthcare providers, with more attention at the board level and the C-suite, according to a new survey by Orem, Utah-based KLAS Research and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME). The study found that 42 percent of organizations have a vice president or C-level official in charge of cybersecurity and for 39 percent of organizations, the head of cybersecurity is at the director level.

Partnership for Health IT Patient Safety Focuses on Patient Identification

The Partnership for Health IT Patient Safety has rolled out its second set of Safe Practice Recommendations with a focus on reducing patient misidentification.