Primary care providers, especially those in small rural practices, face unique and complex challenges in adopting health information technology. The Maine Regional Extension Center (MEREC) provides resources and connections to help them overcome the many barriers to adoption, implementation and use of technology to improve care quality. The MEREC is one of 62 centers nationwide, started to help primary care providers transition from paper to electronic health records (EHR).
The MEREC is not a vendor, and provides unbiased support to help providers from vendor selection, to workflow redesign, to achievement of meaningful use. And, our services are free, funded as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
To qualify for services, providers must be licensed clinicians including MDs, DOs, NPs, CNMs, or PAs that work in Internal Medicine, Family Practice, OB/GYN, or Pediatrics and practice in one of the following settings:
- Small group practices (10 or less providers)
- Ambulatory clinics connected with a public or critical access hospital
- Federally qualified health centers, community health centers and rural health clinics
- Other settings that predominantly serve uninsured, underinsured, and medically underserved populations
- Professional shortage areas in Maine