Regional Extension Centers
Welcome to Florida’s Regional Extension Centers
Regional Extension Centers were established by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. REC services vary to meet the needs of their provider communities, but generally include education, training, workflow study, certified electronic health record consultation, and more. Some work predominantly with primary care providers, while others incorporate services for Eligible Professionals who provide specialty care. Contact the REC in your area for further information.
In the Spring of 2010, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, awarded funding to four institutions in Florida to operate as Regional Extension Centers: South Florida Regional Extension Center, University of Central Florida College of Medicine, PaperFree Florida, and The Center for the Advancement of Health IT.
The purpose of the Regional Centers is to provide education, outreach, and technical assistance, to help providers in their geographic service areas select, successfully implement, and meaningfully use certified EHR technology to improve the quality and value of health care.
Regional Extension Center Services
Education and Outreach
Disseminate knowledge about the effective strategies and practices to select, implement, and meaningfully use certified EHR technology to improve quality and value of healthcare.
Practice and Workflow Redesign
Support for practice and workflow redesign necessary to achieve meaningful use of EHRs. Functional Interoperability and Health Information Exchange Assist priority primary-care providers in connecting to available health information exchange infrastructure(s).
Vendor Selection & Group Purchasing
Help providers select the highest-value option -- the option that offers the greatest opportunity to achieve and maintain meaningful use of EHRs and improved quality of care at the most favorable cost of ownership and operation, including both the initial acquisition of the technology, cost of implementation, and ongoing maintenance and predictable needed upgrades over time.
Unbiased Advice on EHRs
Each Regional Center will offer unbiased advice on the systems and services best suited to enable the priority primary-care providers to become meaningful users of EHRs. Regional Centers will avoid entering into business arrangements creating an actual or apparent conflict of interest.
Implementation and Project Management
Support end-to-end project management over the entire EHR implementation process, including individualized and on-site coaching, consultation, troubleshooting.
Progress towards Meaningful Use
Provide their clients effective assistance in attaining and sustaining meaningful use.
For additional information on Florida’s Regional Extension Centers, please contact or visit their websites:
- Going Digital: News Bytes vol 25 (PDF 388 KB) 2/7/13
- Florida's Direct Secure Messaging Service Connects with Alabama and Georgia (PDF 226 KB) 3/7/13
- Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Program
- AHCA Emergency Status System
- Florida Health Information Exchange
- Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT
- Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
- Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
- HIT Glossary
- Broadband Grants Information