Poll: Will Regional Extension Centres (RECs) deliver on their mission?

I was notified of this interesting poll regarding the future success of RECs and recommend that you check out the poll (see link below) and information on reviews of EHRs.

Eight months have passed since the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) began funding Regional Extension Centers (RECs). Sixty RECs have been created, $662 million has been awarded and electronic health record (EHR) software negotiations are under way.

These steps mobilize the ONC’s mission to help 100,000 priority primary care providers become “meaningful users” of EHRs by 2011. It also advances President Obama’s goal to improve quality and efficiency of health care using technology (as outlined in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009).

However, skeptics think RECs won’t be able to deliver on their mission. Getting providers to adopt EHRs has proven to be a difficult task and throwing money at the problem might not be the solution.

Software Advice, a website that reviews EHR systems, is hosting a poll on RECs. They’re asking health IT insiders, medical professionals and bloggers to weigh-in. To participate, visit their poll at: “Will Regional Extension Centers Deliver on their Mission?” We’ll be posting the survey results here next week, so be sure to check in periodically.