Who We Are

The PaperFree Florida Collaborative Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center (PaperFree Florida) is part of a nationwide initiative that provides physicians with qualified, reliable assistance in selecting, implementing and achieving ”Meaningful Use” of certified EHR Systems. Formed through a partnership between USF Health, the Greater Ocala Health Information Trust, Inc., Watson Clinic, L.L.P., and the Florida Academy of Family Physicians, PaperFree Florida is uniquely positioned to serve as your trusted advocate and successfully steer your practice through all stages of the EHR transition process, avoiding unnecessary obstacles along the way.

Mission & Vision

The mission of PaperFree Florida is to serve as an advocate, educational resource, and trusted advisor to physicians who are committed to incorporating Electronic Health Records (EHR) and other Health Information Technology (HIT) advances into daily patient care, and thereby modernize and re-imagine how healthcare is delivered now and into the future.

We facilitate the evaluation, selection, purchase, implementation, and “Meaningful Use” of certified EHRs for our member physicians (and other clinicians), toward the goals of improving the quality, efficiency, safety and value of health services provided to the community, and contributing to the ability to measure improved health status.

What is a Regional Extension Center (REC)?

The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH), enacted as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, was signed into law on February 17, 2009, to promote the adoption and meaningful use of health information technology. The HITECH Act amends Section 3012 (a) of the Public Health Service Act and establishes the Health Information Technology Extension Program, which authorized federal grant monies to be set aside for the development of “Regional Extension Centers.” Regional Extension Centers (RECs) were created to provide local primary care physicians and other clinicians with technical assistance, guidance, and information to support and accelerate their efforts to become meaningful users of Electronic Health Records (EHRs).