Physicians in Virginia are aided in the adoption of health information technology (HIT) by the Virginia HIT Regional Extension Center. This Regional Extension Center was created under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act’s Health Information Technology Extension Program. Specifically, the purpose of Virginia HIT Regional Extension Center is to provide physicians in Virginia with the technical assistance necessary to improve their quality of care through exceeding meaningful use of electronic health record (EHR) systems.
The first step toward achieving meaningful use of health information technology is the purchase of certified EHR software. The great number of vendors and the complexity of available software make choosing a suitable EHR software a daunting and time consuming task. The Virginia Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center can play an important role in facilitating physicians through the selection process, as well as the implementation process of the EHR software the physicians have purchased. Supporting Health Information Exchanges development is also a long-term goal of the Regional Extension Center.
A prequalified or selected list of EHR vendors (also known as preferred EHR vendors) may be offered by some Regional Extension Centers. These EHR vendors are carefully selected out of a group of EMR (electronic medical record) companies due to a demonstrated commitment to Virginia’s HIT mission. The chosen electronic health records vendors offer greater functionality and interoperability that enables practices to better participate in the Health Information Exchange and achieve meaningful use of EMR software. Additionally, these EHR vendors facilitate quick and smooth adoption of EHR software for these Regional Extension Center participants by offering discounted prices and standardized terms and conditions. Regional Extension Center members may also receive group purchasing discounts from these EHR vendors.
Below is the list of preferred EHR vendors recommended by the Virginia Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center:
Allscripts – MyWay
Athena Health – Athena Clinicals
MDLand – iClinic