Regional Extension Center

Northwest Area Health Education CenterHELPING YOU MEET THE CHALLENGES
Incentives to support transformation of primary care practice continue to emerge. While you likely want to pursue one or more proven, practice-based strategies to improve care, demands on your time and energy are increasing exponentially. Fortunately, the NC Area Health Education Centers Program can help. At no charge to your practice, consultants from your regional AHEC can work with you to adopt an electronic health record, redesign care systems, improve outcomes, and meet national program requirements.

Have an EHR? Use Paper Charts?

Regional Extension Center
Federal incentives to primary care practices using certified electronic health records (EHR) begin in 2011. AHEC is one of 60 federally-designated "Regional Extension Centers (RECs)" funded by the US Dept of Health and Human Services' Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology to help primary care providers select, implement and use EHRs to improve quality and safety of clinical care.

Improving Performance in Practice
Apply Online for EHR ServicesAccess proven tools, systems and support to provide consistently high quality care to all patients, all the time, through NC AHEC's Improving Performance in Practice (IPIP) program. Learn to use clinical data from your EHR to guide improvement in patient care; an important component of EHR "meaningful use."

Featuring effective, practice-based improvements, IPIP is a national initiative delivered in North Carolina through nine Area Health Education Centers as part of the North Carolina Healthcare Quality Alliance.

Learn more: IPIP Program Brief

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 Meet Our REC

REC Team Lead

Christopher (Chris) Jones, MHA
Assistant Director Quality and Informatics
Northwest AHEC
Wake Forest School of Medicine
Medical Center Boulevard
Winston Salem, NC 27157
336-713-7039
cjones@wakehealth.edu

Practice Support Coordinator

Deborah (Debbie) Dirkse, MHA
Practice Support Coordinator
Northwest AHEC
2400 Reynolda Road
Winston Salem, NC 27106
336-713-7731
dldirkse@wakehealth.edu

Practice Support Coordinator

Medina Wilson
Practice Support Coordinator
Northwest AHEC
Wake Forest School of Medicine
Medical Center Boulevard
Winston Salem, NC 27157
336-713-7711
mewilson@wakehealth.edu

Practice Support Coordinator

Tammy Yount
Practice Support Coordinator
Northwest AHEC
Wake Forest School of Medicine
Medical Center Boulevard
Winston Salem, NC 27157
336-713-7753
tyount@wakehealth.edu

Quick Reference

REC Team Contacts
Chris Jones
REC Team Lead

Office 336-713-7039

Email
cjones@wakehealth.edu

Deborah (Debbie) Dirkse, MHA, PCMH-CCE
Practice Support Coordinator

Office 336-713-7731

Email
dldirkse@wakehealth.edu

Tammy Yount, MSHAI, PCMAH-CCE
Practice Support Coordinator

Office 336-713-7753

Email
tyount@wakehealth.edu

Medina Wilson
Practice Support Coordinator

Office 336-713-7700

Email
mewilson@wakehealth.edu

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