We believe in the potential of health IT to improve human health. But we know that it’s not just about the technology. It’s about using the technology—effectively. That’s why we created the Michigan Center for Effective IT Adoption (M-CEITA).
Altarum has helped more than 4,000 health care providers across the state of Michigan to adopt and meaningfully use electronic health records (EHRs). Nearly all health care providers realize there is tremendous potential in modernizing their practices. However, most physicians are not experts in health IT, practice workflow redesign, or contract negotiations. Without technical assistance they lack the resources to appropriately evaluate their options and make the most of their investments.
M-CEITA is the state of Michigan’s Regional Extension Center (REC) for Health IT: part of a nationwide network formed to accelerate health IT adoption by primary care providers, Federally Qualified Health Centers and Critical Access Hospitals. This network was developed under the Heath Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act and funded by a $700 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
M-CEITA helps providers to confidently select, implement and use health IT.
As an agent of change, M-CEITA provides information strategies to integrate disparate data sources, generate real-time analytics, address privacy and security concerns, and offer technical and implementation support to improve care coordination, foster patient-centered care, and enhance the effectiveness of population health improvement efforts.
It’s about more than the technology.
Research demonstrates that health IT implementation alone does not improve patient care. According to a recent study of small physician offices conducted by Cornell University, at least 9 months of EHR use coupled with eight or more technical assistance visits from a REC are required to yield statistical improvements in patient care quality. 
Not only does M-CEITA guide and support providers through the journey of health IT adoption--we also keep them engaged and informed about our national healthcare improvement priorities.
What role does Altarum play?
This strategic emphasis on health IT-enabled clinical workflow redesign, along with the evolving Health Information Exchange infrastructure, is changing how primary care is delivered in Michigan. Altarum is both a thought leader and an active participant in the pursuit of more organized and accountable health care delivery. Together with RECs across the nation, we are leading the effort to assess the needs of physician offices as they participate in health care reform.
We also offer a set of bundled services which are attractively priced to help providers who do not qualify for federal assistance but still may wish to leverage our tools and expertise on their meaningful use journey.
Andrew M. Ryan, Tara F. Bishop, Sarah Shih and Lawrence P. Casalino. Small Physician Practices In New York Needed Sustained Help To Realize Gains In Quality From Use Of Electronic Health Records. Health Affairs, 32, no.1 (2013):53-62