The Health Care Collaborative (HCC)
of Rural Missouri is comprised of over 40
organization that serve Missouri's Lafayette, Carroll,
Ray, Saline, and Eastern Jackson counties. This network
provides a centralized effort to ensure adequate
provision of healthcare services to the public. It also
serves as a source of advocacy for healthcare providers.
View this video on how the HCC builds success through
Read more about HCC in the RHIhub's Rural
Monitor article Rural Network
Leads the Way with Intentional Collaboration.
One specific focus of the HCC was to address
technological needs, such as electronic medical records
(EMR) and telemedicine, for local healthcare facilities,
schools, prisons, and community organizations. The
Health Information Technology (HIT) workgroup was
formed to help uncover those needs, install electronic
systems, and train staff on how to operate them.
With each project, the workgroup offset the cost of HIT
equipment by purchasing it for the providers while
connecting clients to technology support groups for
further assistance. Through the leveraging of existing
resources and collaborating to address issues, HCC's HIT
workgroup ultimately strived to improve patient safety,
lower patient charges, reduce emergency room care, and
decrease test duplication.
View this video to hear the impact of HCC's Health
Information Technology in Missouri's rural communities:
HCC partners with local hospitals, practitioners, mental
health providers, health departments, and health
education members to expand telemedicine access. Several
of their partners included Lafayette County
Health Department, University of Missouri-Kansas
City, Care Connection
for Aging Services,
Missouri Telehealth Network, and many others.
HCC's HIT workgroup was originally supported by a
2011-2013 Rural Health Information Technology Network
Development grant, but the program is no longer