Regional Extension Center

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The Regional Extension and Assistance Center for Health Information Technology in Western Pennsylvania (PA REACH West) project is a $15 million dollar grant to help providers adopt and effectively use electronic medical records.

PRHI is one of four organizations acting as a regional extension center supporting healthcare providers in the western Pennsylvania region with direct, individualized, and on-site technical assistance in:

  • Selecting a certified electronic health record (EHR) product that offers the best value for the providers’ needs
  • Achieving effective implementation of the certified EHR product
  • Enhancing clinical and administrative workflows to optimally leverage an EHR system’s potential to improve quality and value of care, including patient experience, as well as outcome of care
  • Observing and complying with applicable legal, regulatory, professional, and ethical requirements to protect the integrity, privacy, and security of patients’ health information

Practices can obtain fully-subsidized expert consulting services. Federal funds are available to help primary care providers, including pediatric and internal medicine subspecialists, convert to an EHR, meet new technology and confidentiality regulations for meaningful use, and obtain EHR incentive payments. Additional help in medical home practice transformation can also be provided through March of 2015.

PRHI Offerings

Practices that implement EHRs and attain EHR meaningful use will be able to earn up to $44,000/clinician in Medicare incentives (or $63,750 for Medicaid providers). Ninety-two percent of PRHI clients have successfully attested to Meaningful Use.

Through PRHI, each provider can draw on $4,000 worth of practice-based EHR and Primary Care Transformation assistance — customized for small practices and delivered by an experienced team.

PRHI provides:

  • Experienced assistance with all certified EHR technologies
  • Commitment to assist practices through meaningful use
  • Office workflow redesign experience, to help you mold the EHR to your needs
  • Preparation for PQRS, PCMH, P4P
  • Optimization of data entry and analysis to improve quality results and cash flow
  • HIPAA security risk analysis

Service Area

PRHI's regional extension center supports over 750 primary care providers at 260 sites from Greene County to Erie to Johnstown.

Key Contact

Bruce Block, MD
Chief Learning and Medical Informatics Officer
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