The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, has awarded two Illinois applicants with Regional Extension Center (REC) grants. The federal REC program (officially known as the Health Information Technology Extension Program) was developed to assist health professionals in implementing and becoming “meaningful users” of electronic health records. The two REC awardees are: ILHITREC, a consortium led by Northern Illinois University, serving all areas of Illinois outside the 606 Zip codes; and CHITREC, a consortium led by Northwestern University, serving the city of Chicago.
The two Illinois RECs will provide outreach and support services to thousands of primary care providers and hospitals, throughout the state, over the course of the next two years. The Illinois Office of Health Information Technology is working cooperatively with these RECs to coordinate resources and achieve the state’s goals for health information technology. Below are links to both of the Illinois REC Web sites. New information will continue to be updated as it becomes available.