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Rural Project Examples from FORHP Rural Health Information Technology Network Development Grant Program

funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy E-RHIT Network
Updated/reviewed June 2017
  • Need: To provide rural Louisiana ambulance services with the necessary resources to establish electronic patient care reports and participation in both the state trauma registry and the state health information exchange.
  • Intervention: A network was established providing equipment, software, training, data collection, data analysis, and support.
  • Results: EMS Electronic Patient Care Reporting (ePCR) has been implemented, allowing members to participate in the Louisiana Health Information Exchange (LaHIE), and to provide data to the statewide trauma registry.
funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy “It’s a HIT!” Rural Health IT Workforce Training Program
Updated/reviewed January 2017
  • Need: To provide rural health workers with advanced health information technology (HIT) training and skills.
  • Intervention: A program for health network members to increase HIT knowledge and prepare for Certified Healthcare Technology Specialist (CHTS) certification.
  • Results: Participants learned how to adopt HIT within their own clinics, and 80% of students received certification as an HIT Clinic Workflow Redesign Specialist.
funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Health Care Coalition of Lafayette County’s Heath Information Technology Workgroup
Updated/reviewed September 2016
  • Need: To ensure the quality and sustainability of rural West Central Missouri's health services through the use of technology.
  • Intervention: The Health Care Coalition of Lafayette County convened a Health Information Technology (HIT) workgroup to establish electronic medical and prescription records, telemedicine capabilities, and training for Lafayette County and surrounding areas.
  • Results: The workgroup fully equipped a local emergency department with HIT, launched electronic prescriptions for nearly a dozen Lafayette County providers, and identified acute needs hindering the adoption of electronic health records.
funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Rural Health Partnership of North Central Florida’s CommunityHealth IT Network
Added February 2016
  • Need: Rural communities in Florida often lack enough financial and technical support to fully implement health information technology (HIT) within their healthcare practices.
  • Intervention: The Rural Health Partnership of North Central Florida founded an organization that helps rural providers understand the benefits, risks, and opportunities of HIT while providing the means to invest in HIT programs.
  • Results: Through the efforts of CommunityHealth IT, 65% of rural hospitals served have achieved Meaningful Use.
funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Northeast Kentucky Regional Health Information Organization
Added November 2015
  • Need: Technical and monetary assistance for rural healthcare facilities in Northeast Kentucky to reach Medicare and Medicaid's Meaningful Use (MU) standards for electronic health records (EHR) technology.
  • Intervention: The Northeast Kentucky Regional Health Information Organization provided EHR funding, technological assistance, trainings, and programs to help facilities meet MU standards.
  • Results: This program helped 68 medical facilities gain EHR capability and reach MU standards.