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Resources by Topic: Health information technology

Finalized CY 2019 Physician Fee Schedule
Fact sheet describing calendar year 2019 changes to Medicare's telehealth reimbursement policy as a part of the Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) final rule, a new interpretation of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services requirements for reimbursement of remote communication technology as distinct from telehealth, and new services eligible for reimbursement. Includes a section on changes specific to Rural Health Clinics and Federally Qualified Health Centers.
Date: 11/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Connected Health Policy: The National Telehealth Policy Resource Center
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Activation and Utilization of an Electronic Health Record Patient Portal at an Academic Medical Center: Impact of Patient Demographics and Geographic Location
Analyzes the rates of patient portal activation and usage associated with the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics by patients in rural and urban areas of the state. Identifies population groups with the lowest activation rates, and discusses possible barriers to accessing patient portals.
Author(s): Sarah E. R. Oest, Maia Hightower, Matthew D. Krasowski
Citation: Academic Pathology, 5
Date: 10/2018
Type: Document
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EHR Interoperability: HIT Needs Across the Healthcare Continuum
Discusses the importance of electronic health record (EHR) data sharing among rural providers in order to address population health concerns. Features a rural hospital CEO and a HIT workforce educator and discusses what interoperability means for hospitals, clinics, and other types of providers.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Making the EHR Work: Rural Healthcare Organizations Use Data Extraction to Improve Patient Care
Discusses how rural organizations can use their electronic health record (EHR) data to address population health. Features data analytics programs at the White House Clinics in rural Appalachian Kentucky and Harris Regional Hospital in western North Carolina. Also discusses preparation of the rural health information technology (HIT) workforce.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Network Spotlight: Northeast Kentucky Regional Health Information Organization
Highlights an interview with Scott Lilley, the Executive Director of the Northeast Kentucky Regional Health Information Organization (NeKY RHIO). Describes the development of NeKY RHIO and their work to improve health and safety through the use of health information technology (HIT). Covers the advantages and challenges of working in a rural area, current initiatives, steps taken to address network sustainability, and advice to those developing a rural health network.
Date: 07/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Applying the Principles for Digital Development: Case Study of a Smartphone App to Support Collaborative Care for Rural Patients with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder or Bipolar Disorder
Examines ways of incorporating a patient-provider mobile health (mHealth) platform to support the delivery of primary care based mental health services in rural patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and/or bipolar disorder.
Author(s): Amy M. Bauer, Sarah Hodsdon, Jared M. Bechtel, John C. Fortney
Citation: Journal of Medical Internet Research, 20(6), e10048
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
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Vermont Care Network and the State of Vermont: A Shared Data Repository for Community-Based Behavioral Health Providers
Features a case study of the collaboration between HRSA, the Vermont Care Network, and the state of Vermont to create a state-wide data repository for behavioral health and developmental disability services. Details the types of data collected and the process by which it is aggregated and analyzed.
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Health Care Strategies
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The Opioid Crisis: The Role of Technology and Data in Preventing and Treating Addiction
Highlights the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) hearing on the use of data and technology interventions in combating the opioid epidemic. Features testimony from representatives of Express Scripts, the National Alliance for Model State Drug Laws, the Santa Clara University Public Health Program, and the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Date: 02/2018
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions
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Electronic Health Record "Super-Users" and "Under-Users" in Ambulatory Care Practices
Describes a study on Electronic Health Record (EHR) use in ambulatory care practices. Analyzes data by rural versus urban location, practice size, practice type, and other factors. Presents county-level data.
Author(s): Juliet Rumball-Smith, Paul Shekelle, Cheryl L. Damberg
Citation: The American Journal of Managed Care, 24(1), 26-31
Date: 01/2018
Type: Document
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Cybersecurity Toolkit for Rural Hospitals and Clinics
Describes four steps, awareness, assessment, implementation and remediation, and education, to help rural clinics and hospitals develop and maintain cybersecurity programs. Includes a list of resources, checklists, and tools appropriate for all users.
Date: 01/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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