Chicago Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center




Frequently Asked Questions


Is CHITREC a competitor to EHR vendors?

No.  CHITREC is vendor neutral.  Although CHITREC delivers various services for providers (from consultation to best practice sharing), CHITREC aims to work collaboratively with both providers and vendors to ensure providers can achieve meaningful use.

How will CHITREC assist providers in achieving meaningful use?

General and technical assistance will be provided to all participating practices. A customized roadmap will be developed for each participant based on the results of a readiness assessment that will be completed at the early stages of participation. Participants will receive tailored assistance for achieving meaningful use based on their assessment.

When will CHITREC services begin?

Services will begin in June 2010, once funding is distributed by the Department of Health and Human Services. In the interim, interested providers and practices are encouraged to contact CHITREC at: [email protected]

What services will CHITREC provide?

CHITREC brings together a range of standard and individualized services and access to resources for HIT implementation.
CHITREC services include:
·     Education and training

·     Meaningful Use gap analysis

·     Needs assessment / RFP development

Who is considered a priority primary care provider?

As defined by the HITECH Act, priority primary care providers are physicians (Internal Medicine, Family Practice, OB/GYN, Pediatrics) and other healthcare professionals (PA, NP, Nurse Midwife) with prescribing privileges in the following settings: