Michigan Center for Effective IT Adoption

Altarum helps providers comply with Meaningful Use and improve the quality, efficiency, and security of their operations.

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Medicaid providers in Michigan were lagging behind other states in adopting electronic health record systems, so the state enlisted Altarum to accelerate their progress through our Michigan Center for Effective IT Adoption (M-CEITA) initiative, a CMS and privately-funded program that helps providers comply with Meaningful Use and increase operational quality, efficiency, and security.

Our Approach

Through this program, Altarum gives direct support to providers adopting and upgrading their certified electronic health record technology. We help practices leverage technology to actively manage patient populations, support effective care delivery, enhance business operations, facilitate interoperability and information exchange, and improve health outcomes. We also help providers apply for Medicaid incentive payments, which are available through 2021.


Our services have helped more than 6,000 providers in more than 500 practices successfully adopt certified electronic health record technology. These services have been used by providers representing 65 different specialties working on more than 60 different technology systems.

Michigan Center for Effective IT Adoption Contact

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Judy Varela

Judy Varela  - RHIA

Program Director, Quality Improvement

Areas of Expertise
  • Meaningful Use
  • Health IT Adoption
  • Health Data Interoperability

Judy Varela oversees the development and delivery of services offered by the Michigan Center for Effective IT Adoption, a program that helps Michigan providers adopt health IT and navigate program requirements for becoming a meaningful user of certified technology. Judy holds a bachelor's degree in health record administration from the University of Pittsburgh, and is certified as a registered health information administrator by the American Health Information Management Association.