REC Leader Leaving ONC

The director of ONC's Office of Provider Adoption Support, Mat Kendall, has resigned his post effective March 21.

Mr. Kendall was the main leader behind the ONC's regional extension center program, helping small and rural providers adopt health IT. The RECs have achieved significant success during his tenure: Among the 10,034 rural hospitals, critical access hospitals and rural health clinics enrolled with a REC, 82 percent have adopted and are using electronic health records, and 37 percent have attested to meaningful use stage 1.

Mr. Kendall also ran the Health Information Technology Research Center, which provided a forum for healthcare organizations to share best practices.

Kim Lynch, the REC director, will take over for Mr. Kendall upon his departure.

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