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NJ docs beat fed deadline: Signing up in droves for electronic health records
Date:11/17/2011

The New Jersey Health Information Technology Extension Center (NJ-HITEC) announced today that it has reached the 5,000 primary care providers member milestone in support of the healthcare evolution to transition to patient Electronic Health Records (EHRs). Each member doctor has signed an agreement pledging to work with NJ-HITEC to become a "meaningful user" of EHRs; to earn the federal incentive funds pursuant to President Obama's Stimulus Plan; and to improve the timely delivery of high quality medical care through the effective use of health information technology.

NJIT established NJ-HITEC in June 2010 with the support of a $23 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the National Coordinator as part of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) of 2009.

Signing up 5,000 New Jersey physicians so soon is a major milestone, achieved six months ahead of the April 2012 deadline. The accomplishment demonstrates NJ-HITEC's commitment to assist primary care providers effectively utilize their EHR systems to meet the federal requirements for incentive funds.

"NJ-HITEC has a deeply-committed and highly-talented staff that welcomes the challenge to train and educate 5,000 New Jersey primary care providers as "meaningful users" of electronic health information technology," said NJ-HITEC Executive Director Bill O'Byrne. "We are convinced that our efforts will significantly improve the quality and timeliness of healthcare delivery in New Jersey."

Principal Investigator NJIT Senior Vice President for Research and Development Donald H. Sebastian said: "We knew it was a stretch goal to start a new organization while also enrolling one of the largest cohorts of physicians for any center in the country. It's a credit to the entire organization that NJ-HITEC made its mark ahead of plan and will now press forward in the assistance program for these doctors. As the 5,000 physicians begin to d
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Contact: Denise Anderson
732-618-3867
New Jersey Institute of Technology
Source:Eurekalert

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