CLEVELAND April 13, 2010 Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) School of Medicine has received $7,942,500 million in federal stimulus funds from the Ohio Health Information Partnership (OHIP), the state designated entity for health information exchange development. The funding will position CWRU School of Medicine as a regional extension center (REC) which allows it to help 1,765 health care providers in Lorain, Cuyahoga, Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula counties advance the use of health information technology (HIT) in their practices. This award builds on the recent Center of Excellence designation by the State of Ohio to CWRU School of Medicine for "Translating Technology and Research into Better Health" which included HIT as a major component.
The CWRU School of Medicine is one of seven RECs in Ohio established by OHIP and made possible by funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). An eighth REC was awarded directly by the federal government to HealthBridge, a not-for-profit health information exchange serving Greater Cincinnati and surrounding areas.
"Electronic health records tend to be financially out of reach for private practitioners and small practices," said Julie Rehm, PhD, senior associate dean of the CWRU School of Medicine and associate vice president of strategic initiatives for CWRU.
The federal and state initiative is providing smaller primary care practices with an incentive to early adoption of health information technology.
"If healthcare providers adopt early they are eligible for additional reimbursement from the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services until 2011. After that, the reimbursement declines and penalties kick in starting in 2015," Rehm stated.
The REC endeavor, as directed by the federal government, is specifically targeted towards primary care providers, specifically, physiciansMDs or DOs who are family physicians, general internal, pediatric or OB/GYN (does
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