VHIT Overview

The Regional Extension Center (REC) program is a $600 million program of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Directed by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), it is designed to assist 100,000 priority primary care providers (PPCPs)1 nationwide in attaining Meaningful Use (MU)2 of electronic health records (EHRs).

Virginia Health IT (VHIT) is Virginia’s statewide REC. It is funded in part by a two-year, $12.4 million performance-based cooperative agreement with ONC that requires a 10% match. VHIT has two fundamental goals:

  • Ensure that 2,285 Virginia PPCPs attain MU by February 8, 2012; and
  • Build a REC that will be self-sustaining after the second year of the cooperative agreement, as required by ONC.

VHQC holds the cooperative agreement with ONC and operates VHIT. It is a non-profit health quality consulting firm that serves as Virginia’s Medicare Quality Improvement Organization (MQIO). VHQC’s technology partner is CIT, a state-sponsored non-profit that focuses on analysis of emerging technology, venture capital investment, and research and development.

VHIT used a rigorous vendor selection process to develop partnerships with EHR Solutions Partners. To learn more about the selection process please see our EHR Vendor Selection Process page.

The Affiliate Vendor process took place in early 2011 and is not currently closed. To learn more, please see our Affiliate Vendor Program page.

1 Defined by ONC as practitioners of internal medicine, family practice, pediatrics and obstetrics/gynecology who practice in a group of 10 or fewer and/or concentrate their practice on disadvantaged patients.

2 Definition online at http://healthit.hhs.gov/meaningfuluse.