I attended the HIMSS Virtual conference this week and one of the topics that was discussed a little bit was about the regional EHR training centers that were planned for as part of ARRA.
They’veONC has come out with a draft document describing this program. The document describes the goal of these centers to ” assist providers seeking to adopt and become meaningful users of health information technology.”
I’ll be interested to watch how these regional centers are put together and who ends up in charge of the various regional centers.
The thing that bothers me most about these regional centers is that from what I can tell there’s no plan for making some sort of website that would facilitate much of the learning and teaching as well as the regional centers. Certainly there are many that would like to have a face to face meeting with someone (if that’s even what’s going to happen with these regional centers), but it seems so much more effective to have a component that’s online and available to EVERYONE in the US.
Yes, I know it’s kind of a crazy idea to use technology to help spread and disseminate the learning and implementation of new technology like EHR.
Someone at the conference mentioned that each of these regional centers are suppose to share the various works they create. Certainly I think that much good could come of these centers. However, let’s not be surprised if each center decided to create their own website with their own materials. Instead, wouldn’t it make a lot more sense to have one hub of EHR information from all the various centers. It would take some up front coordination to make it happen, but I have a feeling that a well coordinated effort to make the EHR information available online could be just as valuable or more valuable than anything else done in these EHR training centers.