May 15, 2014

Until recently, providers have been at a disadvantage in their dealings with electronic health record (EHR) technology vendors.

Most providers are not experts in information technology (IT), practice workflow redesign, or contract negotiations, and many lack the resources to thoroughly evaluate their options.

The nationwide network of 62 Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC)-funded Regional Extension Centers (REC) for health IT was created to serve as an advocate for the provider community, enabling providers to truly understand their choices and be on a level playing field with vendors in terms of EHR knowledge and expectations.

Ultimately, we exist to help providers confidently select, implement, and use EHRs.

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