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The Regional Extension Center of New Hampshire provides training and guidance to help providers and critical access hospitals become meaningful users of electronic health records. We work closely with electronic health record (EHR) vendors and have a deep understanding of the criteria for meaningful use, including how workflows and applications need to be tailored to meet those criteria.

Our services combine the hands-on experience and industry knowledge of the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative with the local perspective of our New Hampshire-based staff.

Our services include:

  • Meaningful use education and evaluation
  • EHR selection, implementation and optimization
  • EHR and IT vendor management
  • Hardware deployment and configuration
  • Workflow assessment and redesign
  • Privacy and security assessment
  • Health information exchange (HIE) consulting
  • Quality reporting, including PQRS and PCMH
  • Audits
  • Patient Engagement

Contact us if you are a New Hampshire physician medical practice or critical access hospital and need help with your EHR implementation or meaningful use project.

The additional support and funding from CMS and the RECNH has helped justify and expedite our IT progress, while leveraging EHR technology has allowed us to do things we never would have been able to do in a paper world. As a result, we are able to know our patients better and make knowledgeable, quicker clinical decisions that ultimately help lead to safer and better quality care.

David Briden
Chief Information Officer
Exeter Health Resources

In my tiny family practice, the adoption of the EHR and attesting to meaningful use took six months start to finish. With the REC’s assistance, we went through it pretty effortlessly.

Dr. Robin Hallquist
Twin Mountain, NH

The achievement to successfully reach Stage 1 Meaningful Use was the result of a total commitment by every department at Cottage, and the pivotal assistance of the Regional Extension Center of NH.

Director of Management Information
Cottage Hospital

Did You Know?

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services established meaningful use criteria to encourage widespread adoption of EHRs with the goal of improving healthcare quality and efficiency.

RECNH supports a variety of statewide initiatives. We coordinate and collaborate with the Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Program, and the NH State Public Health reporting initiatives. We are an active member of the New Hampshire Health Information Organization (NHHIO) and support the development of safe and secure health information exchange.

For providers that qualify as a priority primary care provider, there is no fee associated with RECNH services. Other providers are eligible for low cost, fee-for-service consulting.

There is no specific requirement to connect to a HIE to achieve Stage 1 Meaningful Use. In future years, the need for external electronic connections to communicate with providers and patients will become a required component of meaningful use.

In New Hampshire, 1,000 priority primary care providers have been targeted for REC services. RECNH is here to support them and the state’s 13 qualifying critical access hospitals.

Starting in 2015, Medicare-eligible professionals who do not successfully demonstrate meaningful use will have a payment adjustment to their Medicare reimbursement.

To achieve meaningful use, providers need to show they’re using certified EHR technology to improve healthcare quality and efficiency in significant ways that can be measured.

RECNH was launched by the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative (MAeHC) in 2010 with the support of a $6.9 million federal award. RECNH combines MAeHC’s extensive experience with hands-on New Hampshire experience.

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