Physicians in New Mexico are aided in the adoption of health information technology (HIT) by the New Mexico HIT Regional Extension Center. Specifically, this regional extension center provides electronic health record (EHR) systems education and technical assistants to physicians, so they may improve their practice. The New Mexico Regional Extension Center was created under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act’s Health Information Technology Extension Program.
There are a vast amount of EHR vendors, which provide a complexity of EHR software choices. Achieving meaningful use of EHR systems begins with the purchase of certified EHR software, however, this is a difficult and time-consuming task for physicians. The New Mexico Regional Extension Center can streamline the selection process and aid in the EHR software implementation process for physicians. This Regional Extension Center is also supportive of the development of Health Information Exchanges.
Preferred EHR vendors are selected from a group of EMR (electronic medical record) companies that are commitment to the health information technology mission. Some Regional Extension Centers offer a list of preferred EHR vendors to physicians. The selected EHR vendors offer physicians more meaningful use of EHR software through a higher base level of functionality and interoperability. Additionally, these preferred EHR vendors can offer discounted prices, and standardized terms and conditions to facilitate quick and smooth adoption for these Regional Extension Center participants. Some EHR vendors may provide group discounts as well.