KY-REC examines progress transitioning the state to a uniform health record system
More than 1,000 health care providers across the Commonwealth are
adopting electronic health record systems with assistance from the
University of Kentucky HealthCare's Regional Extension Center (KY-REC).
Passing this program milestone, the KY-REC continues to expand its
efforts to facilitate electronic health record adoption among Kentucky
During a Dec. 12 joint meeting, the KY-REC
External Advisory Board and Steering Committee reviewed the KY-REC's
progress helping priority primary care providers (PPCPs) implement the
use of electronic health record systems (EHRs). The KY-REC is one of 62
national extension centers established by the Health Information
Technology for Economic and Clinical Act working with PPCPs to establish
an electronically-linked health information network. By utilizing EHR
technology effectively, health care providers can lower healthcare costs
by eliminating duplicative tests, reducing errors, improving clinical
decision-making and communicating with other practices.
KY-REC agents assist PPCPs in achieving Meaningful Use of EHRs, a
status that is obtained by meeting guidelines identified by the federal
government. Providers participating in the REC program participate in a
three-phase adoption and evaluation process to prove the maximization of
EHR system benefits. Health care providers that enroll in the program
are eligible for up to $44,000 in Medicare incentives or $63,000 in
Medicaid incentives over a five to six year period.
Rob Edwards, director of the KY-REC, reported on the milestones the KY-REC has reached since it was established in 2010.
With a current enrollment of 1,061 PCPPs, the KY-REC surpassed its goal
of serving more than 1,000 practices in October. Based on the
completion of this milestone, the KY-REC is currently ranked as 14th out of 62 RECs nationwide.
Carol Steltenkamp, MD, KY-REC chair, and Edwards led a discussion on
the sustainability of the KY-REC, collecting input from the board and
steering committee about future opportunities for engagement. Updates
were also provided by a representative from the Kentucky Health
Information Exchange which is working with the KY-REC to connect
electronic health record systems to a functioning statewide health
In preparation for its biennial review, the KY-REC collected
performance feedback from attendees of the meeting. The KY-REC will be
evaluated by a national panel in March on factors including outreach,
education, implementation, project management and progress toward
achieving Meaningful Use. The KY-REC continues to seek opportunities to
promote Meaningful Use and facilitate health care providers in obtaining
federal assistance to move into the future of health information
It is great to see the success of the KY-REC. As the healthcare
industry continues to rely more and more on technology to improve
outcomes, it's nice to know our team is ahead of the game!
For more information about the KY-REC, visit http://www.ky-rec.org/.
The map below shows how many provider the KY-REC has signed per region.