West Virginia Health Improvement Institute, Inc. aids physicians in the adoption of health information technology (HIT). West Virginia Health Improvement Institute, Inc. provides physicians with the technical assistance necessary to improve their quality of care through the implementation of electronic health record (EHR) systems.This Regional Extension Center was created under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act’s Health Information Technology Extension Program.

Achieving meaningful use of EHR systems for a physician begins with the purchase of certified EHR software. Choosing a suitable EHR software is a daunting and time consuming task because the many different EHR vendors offer a complexity of choices. The West Virginia Health Improvement Institute can guide physicians through the EHR software selection  and implementation processes. This Regional Extension Center is also dedicated to the broader long-term goal of supporting the development of Health Information Exchanges.

Some Regional Extension Centers have also chosen to offer a list of prequalified EHR vendors (also known as preferred EHR vendors). These EHR vendors include a select group of EMR (electronic medical record) companies that underwent a significant qualification and selection process. They have also demonstrated a commitment to the development of health information technology. The preferred EHR vendors agreed to a higher base level of functionality and interoperability, enabling more meaningful use of EHR software for physicians. Additionally, the electronic health records vendors have discounted prices and standardized terms and conditions to facilitate quick and smooth adoption for these Regional Extension Center participants. Regional Extension Center members may also receive group purchasing discounts from these EHR vendors.

There are no preferred EMR vendors recommended by the West Virginia Health Improvement Institute, Inc Regional Extension Center.