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Contact Information: Tanya Klein Public Relations 973-596-3433

NJ-HITEC Ranked First in the Nation in Assisting Physicians Implement Health Information Technology

The New Jersey Health Information Technology Extension Center (NJ-HITEC) is ranked first nationally among the 62 Regional Extension Centers with over 6,300 member Primary Care Providers (PCPs), including 4,600 PCPs who are using a government certified Electronic Health Record (EHR) system in their practice and 1,432 who have met the federal EHR program’s requirements to receive incentive payments.  To date, New Jersey providers have received over $22 million in federal incentive payments from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) with assistance from NJ-HITEC.

NJ-HITEC Executive Director Bill O’Byrne explains his organization’s success.  “This achievement is a direct result of the hard work and dedication of the NJ-HITEC staff, many of whom are graduates and/or students at NJIT, our parent organization.  They are innovators and tireless problem solvers who have embraced the hard work and challenges that we have faced. Furthermore, this success is a testament to the commitment of all New Jersey healthcare providers who have made the necessary investment in time and money to improve the healthcare delivery system in this State, giving their patients better medical outcomes.”  

Donald Sebastian, NJIT Senior Vice President for Research & Development and Chairman of NJ-HITEC added the following.  “I am very proud of the NJ-HITEC team who has accomplished so much in such a short time.  In a state so closely identified with the technologically advanced pharmaceutical industry and the birthplace of modern telecommunications, it is fitting that our physicians become national leaders for embracing EHR systems.”

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. 

Contact:  Denise Anderson, Ph.D., Director Strategic Initiatives at (732) 618-3867 for additional information or e-mail denisea@adm.njit.edu.

One of the nation's leading public technological universities, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a top-tier research university that prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT's multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. With an enrollment of more than 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, NJIT offers small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university. NJIT is a global leader in such fields as solar research, nanotechnology, resilient design, tissue engineering, and cyber-security, in addition to others. NJIT ranks 5th among U.S. polytechnic universities in research expenditures, topping $110 million, and is among the top 1 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com.