Introduction to PSM-HITREC

Ponce School of Medicine Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center and the National Vision for Improving Health through the use of Health Information Technology

Introduction to PSM-HITREC
The United States Department of Health and Human Service’s Office of the National Coordinator has established, through a competitive grant process, a network of 60 Regional Extension Centers (RECs) nationwide.  Each REC serves a defined geographic area as part of the national goal of reaching and helping 100,000 priority primary care physicians (PCPs) to adopt and successfully implement successful Electronic Health Record Systems (EHRs).

The PSM Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center will promulgate the adoption and meaningful use of Electronic Health Record systems with the ultimate goal of increasing the quality, efficiency, and effectiveness of healthcare within Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands The PSM Regional Extension Center, with the help of the its strategic partners, will work diligently to empower our  4,100 PCPs within Puerto Rico and 40 within the U.S. Virgin Islands to become “meaningful users” of Electronic Heath Records.

PSM  formed a strategic alliance  with the College of Physicians and Surgeons and a robust consortium of collaborating organizations, including professional medical associations, insurance companies, educational institutions, quality improvement and health IT consulting organizations in order to implement electronic health records throughout the practices of priority providers.

National and Regional Collaboration
The PSM REC will be participating in the national Health Information Technology Research Center (HITRC), which was established by ONC to gather relevant information on effective practices and help the 60 regional centers collaborate with each another and relevant stakeholders for the purpose of gathering, identifying and sharing best practices in EHR adoption, effective use, and provider support.

The PSM REC will also work in close collaboration with the Health Information Exchange (HIE) development teams in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to ensure a consistent and seamless approach to electronic health record expansion throughout the region.  HIEs are responsible for developing the method by which information is exchanged.  This partnership will provide an unambiguous support network for providers as they expand their use of electronic health records and achieve the goals of improved health care for the citizens of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.


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