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UTHealth to serve as Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center
Date:4/7/2010

ional extension centers at Texas Tech Health Sciences Center, Texas A&M University and the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council Education and Research Foundation.

Collectively, the state RECs received $35.7 million, and there is a collaborative working group to coordinate their efforts.

"It is particularly gratifying to me to also see how our REC grant team was so instrumental in organizing all of Texas through multiple tightly integrated RECs that blanket the entire state," Smith said. "Our leadership in the Gulf Coast REC and all the proposed Texas RECs is just another example of how UTHealth is the best hope for a healthier future."

Kim Dunn, M.D., Ph.D., the executive director of the Gulf Coast REC, said the RECs will offer primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants on-site technical assistance. They will support physicians with everything from vendor selection and group purchasing to implementation, project management and best practices in privacy and security.

Dunn, assistant professor of health informatics at UTHealth, said the RECs will benefit physicians in a number of ways. "One of the most important benefits is that the RECs will help restore integrity to the doctor-patient relationship by giving physicians access to the right data at the right time," she said. "RECs will help physicians take patient data and translate that into information that's actionable. Having the resources to provide patients with the best possible care will foster trust in the physician."

The Gulf Coast REC will serve the southern half of the state. Joseph McCormick, M.D., the Gulf Coast REC southern associate director and regional dean of The University of Texas School of Public Health Brownsville Regional Campus, said the RECs will benefit individual patients as well as entire communities.

Others from UTHealth who will be part of the Gulf Coast REC's leadership team are Operations Manager Pam Salyer
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Contact: Meredith Raine
meredith.raine@uth.tmc.edu
713-500-3030
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
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