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Resources by Topic: Health information technology workforce

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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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. Provides recommendations 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
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 01/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Rural Health IT Workforce Program Sourcebook
Reports the 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. Identifies barriers faced by these programs 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, Susan Fenton, Caitlin Morrison
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, about her personal journey to rural health and health IT the importance of IT in improving rural healthcare.
Author(s): Beth Blevins
Citation: 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
Citation: Rural Monitor
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. Focuses on program 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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