The Georgia Health Information Technology Extension Center and HomeTown Health have entered into an agreement to improve the adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) across 56 critical access and rural hospitals in Georgia, US.

The initiative is made possible through a grant made to the Georgia Health Information Technology Extension Center by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health.

As a part of the programme, the Georgia Health Information Technology Extension Center and HomeTown Health will provide education and outreach services in the form of hospital visits and live training workshops, as well as online education.

The training will enable the rural hospital leadership and staff to discuss the meaningful use final rule and collaborate with peers to share best practices.

It will also enable them to develop a project timeline for achieving each stage and understand how to qualify and file claims for EHR incentive funds.

Georgia Health Information Technology Extension Center is a federally funded programme designed to assist Georgia’s providers with the meaningful use of certified EHR systems, while HomeTown Health is an organisation of rural and small hospitals, located throughout the state of Georgia.

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health is a federal entity charged with the coordination of nationwide efforts to implement and use the most advanced health information technology, and the electronic exchange of health information in the US.