Assess the Regional Extension Center () program's progress toward its goal of supporting over 100,000 providers in small, rural, and underserved practices to achieve meaningful use () of an electronic health record ().
Data collected January 2010 through June 2013 via monitoring and evaluation of the 4‐year program.
Descriptive study of 62 programs.
Data Sources/Study Setting
Primary data collected from s were merged with nine other datasets, and descriptive statistics of progress by practice setting and penetration of targeted providers were calculated.
s recruited almost 134,000 primary care providers (s), or 44 percent of the nation's s; 86 percent of these were using an with advanced functionality and almost half (48 percent) have demonstrated . Eighty‐three percent of Federally Qualified Health Centers and 78 percent of the nation's Critical Access Hospitals were participating with an .
s have made substantial progress in assisting s with adoption and of s. This infrastructure supports small practices, community health centers, and rural and public hospitals to use technology for care delivery transformation and improvement.
Data Collection/Extraction Methods