NY Healthcare Providers Meet Federally Subsidized Program Goals
(NEW YORK) -- With more than 10,000 New York State healthcare providers adopting electronic medical records in 2011, the state successfully met its end-of-year goals for a federally subsidized program designed to improve the quality of care for patients across the state.
The Regional Extension Centers (RECs) program instructs medical professionals how to implement electronic medical records and how to achieve the federally defined "Meaningful Use" of them, qualifying them for reimbursements. Federal and state data has proven that health information technologies improve healthcare and reduce its cost, according to a press release.
New York administers the REC programs via the New York City Health Department which covers the five boroughs. The New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC), a federally designated public private partnership, covers the rest of the state including Long Island.
The NYC Dept. of Health currently enrolls 4,900 healthcare providers in the program, while NYeC enrolls 5,212.
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