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Resources by Topic: Health information technology

Interoperability and Methods of Exchange Among Hospitals in 2021
Highlights the advances made and the methods used, as of 2021, in the interoperable exchange of health information for all hospital types: suburban/urban, rural, large/medium, and small. Presents data on the availability and use of electronic health information at point of care, participation rates in national organizations and networks, and the frequency of hospitals that experienced barriers when exchanging patient health information.
Author(s): Yuriy Pylypchuk, Jordan Everson
Date: 01/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
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Rural Public Health Workforce Training Network Program: 2022 Grantee Directory
Provides contact information and brief descriptions for the 32 rural health networks funded by the Rural Public Health Workforce Training Network (RPHWTN) program during the 2022-2025 grant period to expand rural public health capacity. Includes information by state and organization type as well as by program track for community health support, health IT and/or telehealth technical support, community paramedicine, and case management and/or respiratory therapy.
Date: 12/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
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New Mexico Primary Care Alternative Payment Model Provider Readiness Assessment
Examines facilitators and barriers related to primary care stakeholders' readiness to implement an alternative payment model (APM) in New Mexico. Analyzes 2022 survey and focus group data from providers to gain feedback from Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), small- and medium-sized practices, hospitals, and interprofessional teams. Discusses issues such as care delivery, health information technology (HIT), financial and organizational readiness, and more, with information specific to small and rural facilities.
Date: 11/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Health Management Associates, New Mexico Human Services Department
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National Rural Health Day Webinar: CMS Framework for Advancing Health Care
Recording of a November 15, 2022, webinar providing an overview of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) Framework for Advancing Health Care in Rural, Tribal and Geographically Isolated Communities. Discusses the CMS Framework for Health Equity and identifies other rural health resources, including other recent CMS rural health reports.
Additional links: Presentation Slides, Transcript
Date: 11/2022
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Bringing Community Voice into Cross-Sector Data Sharing: Supporting Aging Populations in Rural Utah
A case study that discusses a partnership between healthcare and social care entities involved with the Learning and Action in Policy and Partnerships (LAPP) initiative to implement data sharing and patient record digitization. Discusses the impact on senior care in rural Utah to improve data sharing that is culturally appropriate for tribal populations.
Date: 11/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Center for Health Care Strategies, Data Across Sectors for Health
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MaineHealth ACO – Integrating and Using Data to Support Care Delivery
Profiles MaineHealth ACO, a network of 11 hospitals, 353 clinical practices, 18 Rural Health Clinics, and 2 Federally Qualified Health Centers. Describes how MaineHealth ACO integrates clinical and claims data to support care delivery, target patient needs, and reduce costs.
Date: 10/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Value
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Hospital Capabilities to Enable Patient Electronic Access to Health Information, 2021
Data brief examining 2021 national estimates of rates of U.S. hospitals enabling patient electronic access to health information, presenting findings for small, Critical Access, rural, and independent hospitals. Analyzes data from the 2021 AHA Annual Survey Information Technology Supplement.
Author(s): Wesley Barker, Dustin Charles
Date: 10/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
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Leveraging Electronic Health Record EHR-Sourced Measures to Improve Care Communication and Coordination: Final Recommendations Report
Discusses recommendations developed by a multistakeholder committee for using electronic health record (EHR) data to improve the measurement of care communication and care coordination. Identifies challenges to collecting data in rural areas.
Date: 09/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Quality Forum
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Interoperability Among Office-Based Physicians in 2019
Report presenting survey data on health information technology (HIT) interoperability among office-based physicians as of 2019. Describes rates of physicians engaging in health information exchange (HIE), reported benefits and barriers, electronic exchange rates broken down by characteristics, including rural location, and other data comparisons.
Author(s): Yuriy Pylypchuk, Jordan Everson, Dustin Charles, Vaishali Patel
Date: 07/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
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Report to Congress on Medicaid and CHIP, June 2022
Semi-annual report to Congress from the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC). Discusses access to care, the oversight and transparency of managed care directed payments, access to vaccines for adult Medicaid beneficiaries, how Medicaid policy can be used to support the adoption of health IT among behavioral health providers, care integration for people who are dually eligible for Medicaid and Medicare, and advancing health equity in Medicaid. Includes rural references throughout.
Date: 06/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission
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