Rural Health Resources by Topic: Healthcare networks
Improving Access to High Quality Sepsis Care in a South Dakota Emergency Telemedicine Network
Research and policy brief exploring whether emergency department-based telemedicine networks using real-time access to sepsis experts can improve outcomes and decrease variation in care. Discusses a pilot program for Critical Access Hospitals in South Dakota-based Avera Health's 140-hospital network in 12 states. Includes statistics for patients with positive sepsis screens from September 2016 to March 2017.
Author(s): Nicholas M. Mohr, Brian Skow, Amy Wittrock, et al. Date: 08/2017 Type: Document Sponsoring organization: Rural Telehealth Research Center view details
Network Spotlight: Southeast Texas Health System
Provides an overview of the Southeast Texas Health System
(SETHS), a nonprofit health collaborative network that
specializes in managed care contracting for rural
providers. Presents an interview with its executive
director, Tara Dilley, covering SETHS' network
characteristics, lessons learned, accomplishments, and
Date: 07/2017 Type: Document Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center view details
Network Spotlight: Rural Health Network of Oklahoma
Describes the Rural Health Network of Oklahoma (RHNOK) through an interview with the program's Executive Director, Stacie Pace, and Chief Information Officer, Josh Braziel. Focuses on RHNOK's characteristics, key lessons learned, accomplishments, and challenges as it works to improve the healthcare system and overall health of rural Oklahoma.
Date: 06/2017 Type: Document Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center view details
The Maternal Health Compact
Examines the ways telehealth can be used to improve obstetrical care in small and rural hospitals. Approaches such as Maternal Health Compacts emphasize collaboration, either directly or through telehealth, between tertiary care facilities and lower-resource hospitals. Utilizing the Maternal Health Compact model helps lower-resource hospitals prepare for complicated cases, improve outcomes for high-risk patients, and facilitate transport when necessary.
Author(s): Susan Mann, Kimberlee McKay, Haywood Brown Citation: New England Journal of Medicine, 376(14), 1304-1305 Date: 04/2017 Type: Document view details
Promising Practice: GA SORH Looks at the Feasibility of EMS Regionalization in the State
Reports on a study undertaken by the Georgia State Office of Rural Health (GA-SORH) and the Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) to determine if regionalization of emergency medical services (EMS) among counties was feasible as a way to fill the gaps left from the closure of several rural hospitals in the state.
Author(s): Beth Blevins Date: 03/2017 Type: Document Sponsoring organization: National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health view details
Vermont Care Network Advocates for Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Agencies
Highlights the work of the Vermont Care Network, which supports 16 non-profit agencies that provide behavioral health and developmental disability services in the state. Discusses cross-sector collaboration and integration of mental health, substance use, and developmental disability services with primary care.
Author(s): Jenn Lukens Citation: Rural Monitor Date: 03/2017 Type: Document Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub view details
The Hub-and-Spoke Organization Design Revisited: A Lifeline for Rural Hospitals
Provides an overview of the hub-and-spoke organization design and how Willis-Knighton Health System in Louisiana used it to partner with rural hospitals in their region. Discusses the model's outcomes and implications for rural hospitals.
Author(s): James K. Elrod, John L. Fortenberry, Jr. Citation: BMC Health Services Research, 17(Suppl 4), 795 Date: 2017 Type: Document view details
Innovations in Rural Health System Development: Governance
Discusses the need for collaboration between healthcare facilities and their communities, including ideas for new approaches to governance to help make these transitions happen. Provides examples of hospital/health system collaborations and population health programs from throughout the U.S.
Author(s): Sara Kahn-Troster, Andrew Coburn Date: 11/2016 Type: Document Sponsoring organizations: Maine Health Access Foundation, Maine Rural Health Research Center view details
Network Board Development Guide
Designed to assist rural health networks in their efforts to establish, maintain, and improve the effectiveness of their board of directors. Offers suggestions in the areas of improving governance, member recruitment, meeting management, ethics, and legal requirements.
Date: 09/2016 Type: Document Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center view details