Part of the program t to help physicians convert to electronic medical records was the establishment of Regional Extension Centers across the US to give doctors a helping hand.  They come in different shapes and sizes and some services are free and some are low cost. 

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In watching the video the center also claims to have some volume licensing in effect and I thought that was an interesting twist.  The centers are independent non profit organizations providing technical assistance and guidance.  This is getting to be a crowded field it seems as even the AMA has their program established for a fee to help providers.  There are some free resources too on the Quack which you can review on line for additional information too at the right hand side.  One area that I some what pondered too is how do they explain meaningful use relative to all the vendors they work with, an interesting topic I might guess.  BD 

ONC-REC centers

If you’re looking for assistance with the transition to electronic medical records, the first place you should start is with your local Regional Extension Center (REC). Why? Since the REC services are often available at no cost or low cost, they are worth exploring for any practice that feels it needs a helping hand.

First, a bit of background on the RECs: they are a select group of organizations throughout the U.S. designated as having the experience and capacity necessary to assist health care providers with the task of modernizing their practices with certified electronic health record (EHR) systems. Each local office has been selected by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology to serve providers, with a focus on primary care providers, in their area.

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