Oregon’s Health Information Technology | EMR Incentives

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Physicians in Oregon are aided by Oregon’s Health Information Technology Extension Center (O-HITEC) in the adoption of health information technology (HIT). Specifically, this regional extension center educates physicians and provides them with the technical assistance needed for them to implement electronic health record (EHR) systems. O-HITEC 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 starts with the purchase of certified EHR software, however, it is confusing and time-consuming for physicians to purchase EHR software. This is due to the vast amount of EHR vendors and the complexity of choices available. Oregon’s Health Information Technology Extension Center can streamline the selection process and aid in the EHR software implementation process for physicians. O-HITEC is also dedicated to the broader long-term goal of supporting the development of Health Information Exchanges.

A list of preferred EHR vendors is offered by some Regional Extension Centers. These preferred EHR vendors include a carefully selected group of EMR (electronic medical record) companies that are commitment to Oregon’s health information technology mission.The selected EHR vendors offer practices more meaningful use of EHR software through a higher base level of functionality and interoperability. Additionally, the electronic health records vendors can offer discounted prices and group prices, as well as standardized terms and conditions to facilitate quick and smooth adoption for these Regional Extension Center participants.

Below is the list of preferred EHR vendors recommended by Oregon’s Health Information Technology Extension Center: