NJ-HITEC Ranked First in the Nation in Assisting Physicians Implement Health Information Technology

Newark, Oct. 23, 2012 –The New Jersey Health Information Technology Extension Center (NJ-HITEC) is ranked first nationally among the 62 Regional Extension Centers with over 6,300 member Primary Care Providers (PCPs), including 4,600 PCPs who are using a government certified Electronic Health Record (EHR) system in their practice and 1,432 who have met the federal EHR program’s requirements to receive incentive payments. To date, New Jersey providers have received over $22 million in federal incentive payments from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) with assistance from NJ-HITEC.

NJ-HITEC Executive Director Bill O’Byrne explains his organization’s success. “This achievement is a direct result of the hard work and dedication of the NJ-HITEC staff, many of whom are graduates and/or students at NJIT, our parent organization. They are innovators and tireless problem solvers who have embraced the hard work and challenges that we have faced. Furthermore, this success is a testament to the commitment of all New Jersey healthcare providers who have made the necessary investment in time and money to improve the healthcare delivery system in this State, giving their patients better medical outcomes.”
Donald Sebastian, NJIT Senior Vice President for Research & Development and Chairman of NJ-HITEC added the following. “I am very proud of the NJ-HITEC team who has accomplished so much in such a short time. In a state so closely identified with the technologically advanced pharmaceutical industry and the birthplace of modern telecommunications, it is fitting that our physicians become national leaders for embracing EHR systems.”

NJ-HITEC provides support and assistance to New Jersey’s Primary Care Providers (PCPs) in the selection, implementation, and achievement of “Meaningful Use” of an ONC accredited Electronic Health Record (EHR) system. The organization was established in June 2010 by the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) through a $23 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the National Coordinator as part of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) of 2009. NJ-HITEC is one of 62 federally designated Regional Extension Centers nationwide established to improve American healthcare delivery and patient care through the investment in health information technology.
NJIT, New Jersey’s science and technology university, enrolls more than 9,558 studen
ts pursuing bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in 120 programs. The university consists of six colleges: Newark College of Engineering, College of Architecture and Design, College of Science and Liberal Arts, School of Management, College of Computing Sciences and Albert Dorman Honors College. U.S. News & World Report’s 2012 Annual Guide to America’s Best Colleges ranked NJIT in the top tier of national research universities. NJIT is internationally recognized for being at the edge in knowledge in architecture, applied mathematics, wireless communications and networking, solar physics, advanced engineered particulate materials, nanotechnology, neural engineering and e-learning. Many courses and certificate programs, as well as graduate degrees, are available online through the Division of Continuing Professional Education.

Contact: Denise Anderson, Ph.D., Director Strategic Initiatives at (732) 618-3867 for additional information or e-mail denisea@adm.njit.edu.

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