New Jersey – Health Information Technology Extension Center (NJ-HITEC) is a federally recognized Regional Extension Center located on the campus of the New Jersey Institute of Technology. The sole purpose of NJ-HITEC is to assist New Jersey primary care providers in the successful adoption, implementation and use of electronic health records systems and to become meaningful users of those healthcare technologies, in order to deliver quality care improvements to New Jersey residents throughout the state. http://www.njhitec.org/
Each listed New Jersey College offers courses leading to a certificate program designed for professionals with an IT or health care background with focus on training students for some of these six roles:
Mobile Adoption Support Roles
- Practice workflow and information management redesign specialists
- Clinician/practitioner consultants
- Implementation support specialists
- Implementation managers
Permanent Staff for Providers and Public Health Sites
- Technical/software support
New Jersey Health IT Workforce Development Program
The goal of the EHR | HIE Interoperability Workgroup is to create an integrated marketplace of EHR capabilities in which the interfaces between EHRs and HIEs are consistent across multiple states. New Jersey continues to be an active participant in this workgroup. Visit the EHR-HIE Interoperability Workgroup website to get additional information about the workgroup, its members, and its detailed technical specifications.
For more information on Health Information Technology, please see the Office of the National Coordinator and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services websites for the official regulations and for additional guidance:
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) EHR Incentive Programs - https://www.cms.gov/EHRIncentivePrograms/
The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology - http://healthit.hhs.gov
(1) Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2011-2015
The Federal Health IT Strategic Plan: 2011-2015 ("the Plan") reflects ONC's strategy for coordinating with the public and private sector to realize Congress and the Administration's health IT agenda: improving the quality, efficiency, safety and patient-centeredness of health care.
The Plan, which was last published in 2008, has been updated to take into account the rapidly changing landscape of health IT and health IT policy that has been drastically altered over the past two years by two major pieces of legislation that have established an agenda and committed significant resources to health IT - the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, passed as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Over the past year, ONC has collborated with its federal partners, the private sector (through the Health IT Policy Committee) and the public to update the Plan. The Plan serves as an important tool for guiding federal efforts and investments in health IT over the next five years.
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(2) EHR Information Center providing HITECH Attestation assistance to the EHR Provider Community
On April 18, 2011, the EHR Information Center started to provide HITECH Attestation assistance to the EHR Provider Community. The EHR Information Center is open from 7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. (Central Time) Monday through Friday, except federal holidays, at 1-888-734-6433 (primary number) or 888-734-6563 (TTY number). The document below contains contact information for State Medicaid programmatic and technical contacts, and could be useful to States, State contractors, and Medicaid providers.