ILHITREC Partners and Collaborators

Our Partners and Collaborators are key to ensuring efficiency and effectiveness in all the programs and initiatives we offer, ensuring broad outreach and engagement and alignment of funding opportunities to maximize the impact for Illinois healthcare. Key partners include Illinois rural health networks, health information exchange, quality improvement organizations, and federal/state healthcare entities.

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Northern Illinois University: ILHITREC is based at Northern Illinois University, and has supported thousands of Illinois providers and practices in meaningful use and incentive program processes since 2010. Chartered in 1895, Northern Illinois University first opened its doors as the Northern Illinois State Normal School in 1899 as a teachers' school in DeKalb, IL, where the main campus remains. NIU has since grown into a world-class, research-focused public institution that attracts students from across Illinois, the country and the world.  Fast Facts about NIU

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IL Critical Access Hospital Network (ICAHN): ICAHN is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 corporation established in 2003 for the purposes of sharing resources, education, promoting efficiency and best practice and improving health care services for member critical access hospitals and their rural communities. ICAHN, with 53 member hospitals, is an independent network governed by a nine-member board of directors. The mission of our organization is to strengthen Illinois critical access hospitals through collaboration.

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Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services: The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) is responsible for providing healthcare coverage for adults and children who qualify for Medicaid, and for providing Child Support Services to help ensure that Illinois children receive financial support from both parents. The agency is organized into two major divisions, Medical Programs and Child Support Services. In addition, the Office of Inspector General is maintained within the agency, but functions as a separate, independent entity reporting directly to the Governor's Office. HFS was formerly the Illinois Department of Public Aid.

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Illinois Rural Health Association (IRHA): The Illinois Rural Health Association (IRHA) was organized in 1989 to improve access to health care for rural Illinoisans. The association is comprised of individual, organizational and student members interested in providing leadership on rural health issues.  IRHA's diverse constituency includes individuals concerned with rural health, health care providers and administrators from both private and public settings, state and local government leaders, researchers, educators, consumer groups, consultants, insurance and employer representatives. IRHA maintains strong relationships with the Illinois Department of Public Health Center for Rural Health and other state, public and private associations that advocate for improved rural health. IRHA also is a member of the National Rural Association State Association Council.


Northwestern University / CHITREC: The Chicago Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center (CHITREC) is a collaboration between Northwestern University the Alliance of Chicago Community Health Services and more than 40 local and national partners focused on HIT adoption and use within the city of Chicago. CHITREC primarily serves the 606xx zip code region in Chicago and provides a range of services to providers interested in achieving Meaningful Use of electronic health records (EHR). As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the Office of National Coordinator for HIT provided funding in 2009 for the regional extension center, with most of the funds allocated for direct assistance to primary care providers.In 2013, the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services contracted with CHITREC to provide education and outreach for the Illinois Medicaid EHR Incentive Program.


Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC): The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is at the forefront of the administration’s health IT efforts and is a resource to the entire health system to support the adoption of health information technology and the promotion of nationwide health information exchange to improve health care. ONC is organizationally located within the Office of the Secretary for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). ONC is the principal federal entity charged with coordination of nationwide efforts to implement and use the most advanced health information technology and the electronic exchange of health information. The position of National Coordinator was created in 2004, through an Executive Order, and legislatively mandated in the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act) of 2009.

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Telligen (Illinois’ QIO): Telligen Quality Innovation Network – Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO), in collaboration with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), is working throughout Illinois, Iowa and Colorado to achieve better care, better health for people and communities and more affordable care through quality improvement. Telligen QIN-QIO drives quality in healthcare for Medicare beneficiaries by providing communities with technical assistance, convening learning and action networks for sharing best practices, and collecting and analyzing data for improvement. We align statewide partners and ongoing initiatives to create efficiencies and increase momentum.