NJIT announced today that its federally-funded grant program, the New Jersey Health Information Technology Extension Center (NJ-HITEC), reached the 6,000-member milestone while also assisting over 1,000 physicians to become Meaningful Users of its Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems. Moreover, NJ-HITEC ranks second nationally among the 62 federal Regional Extension Centers in supporting the over 1,000 Primary Care Providers (PCPs) who have met the federal requirements in the use of an EHR system. This accolade proves that New Jersey physicians are preparing and committing to implementing health information technology in their practices.“This is a huge milestone for NJ-HITEC,” said Donald H. Sebastian, PhD, NJIT Senior Vice President for Research and Development and chairman of NJ-HITEC. “Many physicians struggle to obtain real value from their investment in an EHR system. We knew we had a great, knowledgeable team and a results-driven approach, and now the numbers show how effective both are in helping New Jersey’s doctors.”
NJ-HITEC Executive Director, Bill O’Byrne, added, “Our staff continues to diligently work to assist physicians meet the federal requirements for Meaningful Use to receive their federal incentive payments. We have implemented a number of innovative programs to encourage our members to make effective use of their EHR system a priority. By providing doctors with the ability to e-mail their data to our analysts for evaluation to our Meaningful Use Fast Track Workshops that provide real time assistance, we are dedicated to assist New Jersey physicians become recognized as national leaders in Health Information Technology.”
NJ-HITEC provides support and assistance to New Jersey’s Primary Care Providers (PCPs) in the selection, implementation, and achievement of “Meaningful Use” of an ONC accredited Electronic Health Record (EHR) system. The organization was established in June 2010 by the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) through a $23 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the National Coordinator as part of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) of 2009. NJ-HITEC is one of 62 federally designated Regional Extension Centers nationwide established to improve American healthcare delivery and patient care through the investment in health information technology.