There are several organizations throughout Wisconsin that are working to promote progress in the area of health information technology.  The links below provide resources and background on a variety of health information technology topics.

Wisconsin Health Information Technology Extension Center (WHITEC)

The Wisconsin Health Information Technology Extension Center, a federally designated Regional Extension Center, is a leading innovator providing expertise for effective use of data and technology in practice redesign to improve quality and reduce cost for health care organizations in the Midwest.

WHITEC is a division of MetaStar, a nonprofit organization dedicated to effecting positive change in the quality, efficiency and effectiveness of health care. It has a team of expert health IT specialists who provide technical assistance and education to clinics and hospitals wanting to maximize the potential of their electronic health records and minimize their risk. The organization offers services around the following topics:

• Electronic health record implementation and optimization
• Meaningful use
• Attestation and audit preparation
• Privacy and security
• Patient-centered medical home

Services are available to health care professionals across the continuum of care practicing in Wisconsin and beyond. WHITEC's long-term goal is to ensure that all health care professionals are able to achieve meaningful use of electronic health records to provide optimal care for patients.

To contact WHITEC, visit or call (608) 729-2700.

Building Community Capacity through Broadband (BCCB)

University of Wisconsin Extension: Office of Broadband Sustainability is providing leadership to the Building Community Capacity through Broadband (BCCB) project, a $45 million effort to provide infrastructure and educational outreach about broadband to five demonstration communities in Wisconsin: Superior, Chippewa Valley, Wausau, Platteville and The Menominee Nation.  BCCB will use fiber-optic and WiMax infrastructure to serve four demonstration communities at 182 facilities run by 74 anchor institutions in Wisconsin, covering 39 municipalities. This effort is being funded by grants received from the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program.

              BCCB Goals:

    • Improve public safety and health by increasing the interoperability of broadband applications used by regional governments, healthcare and agencies serving vulnerable populations;
    • Advance regional economic development through increased resilience, mobility, scalability and extent of broadband services used in schools, libraries, homes and businesses;
    • Provide new capabilities to institutions who promote community well-being and cohesion, such as high-definition video conferencing for telemedicine, education and maintaining relationships with family member deployed in remote locations; and
    • Provide better service to the grater community through partnership among anchor institutions to fund and share innovations in broadband infrastructure.

Wisconsin’s eHealth Initiative

The mission of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services' eHealth Program is to facilitate improvements in Wisconsin's health care quality, safety, transparency, efficiency, and cost effectiveness through statewide adoption and use of electronic health records and health information exchange. Access to the right health care information at the right time by providers and patients will promote the delivery of safe, optimum health care in Wisconsin.

For more information on Wisconsin’s eHealth Initiative, click here.