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Resources by Topic: Health information technology workforce

Advancing Care Coordination and Interoperability for Underserved Communities through Health IT Training
Provides an overview of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology's (ONC) workforce initiative, which is designed to help build a skilled health information technology (HIT) workforce. Two program recipients - the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTH) and Columbia University - are focusing their efforts on improving care coordination and interoperability by training professionals who work with underserved patients in rural or urban settings.
Date: 06/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
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Report on Improving Cybersecurity in the Health Care Industry
Report to Congress discussing the state of cybersecurity within the healthcare industry, and providing recommendations on how to unite efforts nationwide and create a stronger healthcare cybersecurity system. Presents risks, imperatives, recommendations, action items, and more, with information specific to small and rural providers throughout.
Date: 06/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health Care Industry Cybersecurity Task Force
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Cybersecurity: How a Rural Alaska Hospital is Safeguarding Its Patients’ Information
Provides an overview of cybersecurity threats and challenges faced by rural healthcare facilities. Describes how the IT staff at the South Peninsula Hospital, a Critical Access Hospital in Alaska, safeguards their hospital's data.
Author(s): Allee Mead
Location: Rural Monitor
Date: 01/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Rural Health IT Workforce Program Sourcebook
Overview of program results for 15 network grantees funded under the Rural Health Information Technology Workforce Program in the 2013-2016 funding cycle. Discusses goals of the program related to developing and enhancing rural-focused HIT training programs. Summarizes program successes and challenges, as well as student enrollment and retention results. Includes brief program profiles.
Additional links: Part 2: Excel Spreadsheet
Date: 09/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Access to Health Information Technology Training Programs at the Community College Level
Examines health information technology (HIT) workforce training programs in community colleges to better understand how these programs may be reaching underserved populations with limited access to training, such as rural students. By identifying barriers faced by these programs, this paper helps to inform HIT skill training programs, especially in strengthening HIT workforce in rural areas.
Author(s): Susan M. Skillman, Davis G. Patterson, C. Holly A. Andrilla, et al.
Date: 11/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: WWAMI Rural Health Research Center
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An Interview with Leila Samy
Interviews the Rural Health IT Coordinator at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), Leila Samy MPH, about her path to and the importance of information technology in improving rural health care.
Author(s): Beth Blevins
Location: Rural Monitor, 2014(Winter)
Date: 02/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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An Interview with Terry Hill
The Executive Director of the National Rural Health Resource Center talks about health reform challenges for hospitals, starting the Center, staying fit, and getting ready to step down as director.
Author(s): Beth Blevins
Location: Rural Monitor, 2013(Summer)
Date: 08/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Rural Health Information Technology (HIT) Workforce Program Directory
Provides contact information and a brief overview of 15 initiatives funded under the Rural Health Information Technology (HIT) Workforce Program in the 2013-2016 funding cycle. Programs focus on activities related to the recruitment, education, training, and retention of HIT specialists.
Date: 2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
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Business Planning Case Study: Shared IT Workforce Cooperative
Provides a case study for using a shared information technology workforce business model among a network of health care organizations.
Date: 2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Environmental Scan of Health Information Technology (HIT) Adoption amongst North Dakota Health Care Entities
Assesses the level of adoption of electronic health records (EHR) and telehealth, and health information technology workforce in hospitals, independent rural clinics, community health centers, clinical laboratories, pharmacies, long term care, and local public health units and departments throughout North Dakota.
Author(s): Lynette Dickson, Kylie Nissen, Sheldon Wolf, Chad Peterson, Nancy Willis
Date: 07/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health
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