ONC awards funding for final extension centers


The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has awarded $9.8 million in funding to stand up the last of its regional extension center (REC) programs in California and New Hampshire.

CalOptima Foundation received $4.7 million to assist doctors and providers in Orange County adopt electronic health records, and ONC awarded Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative $5.1 million to aid providers in New Hampshire.  A total of 62 centers now span across every region in the country.

Over the next two years, $677 million will be disbursed incrementally to support the RECs as they help priority primary care providers achieve meaningful use.  

ONC also announced expanded coverage areas for existing RECs in Florida:

  • Community Health Centers Alliances will cover additional areas in Glades and Hendry counties.
  • Health Choice Network of Florida will cover additional areas in Indian River, Palm Beach, St. Lucie, Martin and Okeechobee counties


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