The West Virginia Regional Health Information Technology Extension Center (WVRHITEC) is a federally funded project under the West Virginia Health Improvement Institute:
The West Virginia Health Improvement Institute is one of 62 non-profit organizations across the nation awarded federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) dollars to support the development of regional extension centers (RECs), which will aid health centers and medical professionals as they work to implement and use certified health information technology and achieve health improvement outcomes through “meaningful use."
Regional health information technology extension centers (RECs) were created out of the ARRA HITECH Action – Section 3012, and are under the U.S. DHHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).
The WVRHITEC offers services/support (education, outreach, guidance) to all health care providers in West Virginia — whether or not they have adopted electronic health record systems. Technical and specialized services also are provided.
The center's objective is to help 1,000 eligible health care providers become "meaningful users" of health IT by 2014 as part of qualifying for federal health IT incentive payments (click to read more).