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Progress Toward EHR Meaningful Use

Nearly 4,900 clinicians served

Hospitals and clinics in Minnesota and North Dakota being served by the Regional Extension Assistance Center for Health Information Technology (REACH) are making great strides in implementing and achieving meaningful use of their electronic health record systems. REACH is led by Key Health Alliance, a partnership of Stratis Health, the National Rural Health Resource Center, and The College of St. Scholastica.

REACH progress

As of April 30, of the 4,882 priority primary care providers, at approximately 630 clinics:

  • 4,477 have implemented electronic health records and are using them for e-prescribing and quality reporting
  • 2,094 have achieved meaningful use (43%)

Of the 115 critical access/rural hospitals that REACH is serving:

  • 79 have implemented electronic health records and are using them for computerized physician order entry and quality reporting
  • 52 have achieved meaningful use (45%)

Meaningful use attainment for Minnesota and North Dakota REACH clients is 14 percent higher than for regional extension center participants nationally. REACH ranks fourth in the nation among extension centers for the number of clients achieving meaningful use—with 100 percent of them reporting being satisfied to highly satisfied with REACH services.

As planned, federal funding for the 62 regional extension centers across the county through the Office of the National Coordinator is ending February 7, 2014.

REACH will continue to provide HIT consulting and education services until the end of the grant, working to move providers and hospitals forward in their HIT use and attainment of meaningful use. Hospitals and clinics are encouraged to take advantage of these free services.

REACH is developing an affordable membership program to continue offering support to clients to ensure Meaningful Use Stage 2 is achieved even after current federal funding has ended.

As a partner in Key Health Alliance, Stratis Health co-leads REACH along with the National Rural Health Resource Center and The College of St. Scholastica.