Hospital Council of Northwest Ohio

NW Ohio Regional Extension Center

The Northwest Ohio Regional Extension Center (NWOREC) is a program made possible through a Federal grant from the Office of the National Coordinator, Department of Health and Human Services, and has been funded through ARRA, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. NWOREC has been designated by the Ohio Health Information Partnership to offer Electronic Health Record (EHR)-related services to physicians in the 14 counties of Northwest Ohio. These counties include:

Ohio Counties



What is NWOREC?

NWOREC is a support and resource center making the implementation or upgrade of EHRs easier for providers throughout the process. Ultimately, our aim is to help to raise the quality of care for patients, to assist in ensuring patient safety, to increase productivity and efficiency of health care staff, and to streamline overall the provision of health care services.


What Services Does NWOREC Provide?

NWOREC services include workflow assessment, EHR vendor selection, assistance with implementation and “go live,” helping providers to achieve meaningful use and to qualify for financial incentives. The cost for these services is subsidized for eligible Primary Care providers. Even if a practice already has an EHR system, NWOREC can help eligible providers meet the criteria for incentive payments from Medicare or Medicaid for the meaningful use of EHRs. We offer participating practices a wide range of valuable services. Some of our core service areas include:

  • EHR implementation and project management
  • HIT education and training
  • Vendor selection & financial consultation
  • Practice/workflow redesign
  • Privacy and security
  • Partnering with state and national health information exchange (HIE)
  • Ongoing technical assistance



The North West Ohio Regional Extension Center:

  • Is an independent, non-profit program of the Hospital Council of Northwest Ohio, providing technical assistance, guidance, and information on best practices to support and accelerate providers’ efforts to become meaningful users of certified electronic health record (EHR) technology
  • Works in cooperation with The Ohio Health Information Partnership, one of a select group of organizations throughout the U.S. designated as having the experience and capacity necessary to assist health care providers with the task of modernizing their practices with certified EHRs
  • Made up of a team of experienced local health information technology (HIT) professionals with intimate knowledge of Northwest Ohio’s medical community
  • Offers health care providers a combination of national insight and local expertise on the impact of EHRs in individual medical practices
  • Part of a state and national network of Regional Extension Centers with direct, rapid and reliable access to a pipeline of key information on health IT and meaningful EHR use



For Further Information, contact NWOREC at:

North West Ohio REC
Hospital Council of Northwest Ohio
3231 Central Park West
Toledo, OH 43617
Phone: 419.842.0800


For more information on The Ohio Health Information Partnership, check out