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Resources by Topic: Technology for health and human services

Network Spotlight: Wright Health Partners
Describes the network characteristics, key learnings, challenges, and accomplishments of Clarion, Iowa-based Wright Health Partners, a rural healthcare consortium that works to address health issues in the area. Originally started as an agreement between two Critical Access Hospitals, Wright Health Partners has grown to include schools, an ambulance service, an orthopedic practice, and other partners. Members of Wright Health Partners share an electronic medical record (EMR) system, technical assistance resources, and program funding.
Date: 12/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Emerging Strategies to Ensure Access to Health Care Services: Virtual Care Strategies
Discusses opportunities to use telehealth to improve healthcare access and delivery to vulnerable rural and urban communities. Includes recommendations from the American Hospital Association Task Force on Ensuring Access in Vulnerable Communities and details the benefits of telehealth services and potential policy solutions such as reimbursement, interaction of state and federal laws, broadband access, and federal research.
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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The Share of Households With Wired Broadband Remains Below 60 Percent in Nearly 800 Rural Counties, Mostly in Poor and Remote Regions
Map identifying rural counties where 60% or more households had wired broadband in 2010 and 2016.
Date: 11/2017
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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FirstNet: Efforts to Establish the Public-Safety Broadband Network
Testimony describing the First Responder Network Authority's (FirstNet) efforts as it works to establish a reliable, secure, and interoperable national public-safety broadband network. Includes a discussion on the challenges associated with providing coverage in rural areas, and addresses concerns about inadequate communication with tribal stakeholders.
Date: 10/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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Coordinated Whole-Person Care that Addresses Social Determinants of Health
Presents approaches used and lessons learned from five projects funded by Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH) - an initiative to align various health-related sectors and promote the collection, sharing, and effective use of data. Each DASH project is working to develop the infrastructure necessary to support cross-sector data sharing, enhance care coordination, and address social determinants of health. One of the five projects is based on the White Earth Indian Reservation in rural northwest Minnesota.
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Data Across Sectors for Health
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Computer and Internet Use in the United States: 2015
Provides data on computer and Internet use by household characteristics, including location in a metropolitan or nonmetro area, for the nation and by region. Includes information on owning a desktop or laptop computer, owning a handheld computer, having an Internet subscription, and having broadband access.
Author(s): Camille Ryan, Jamie M. Lew
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
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Electronic Health Record Adoption and Interoperability among U.S. Skilled Nursing Facilities in 2016
Presents the results of a 2016 survey of skilled nursing facilities related to the adoption and interoperability of electronic health records (EHRs) with data broken down by facility size, profit status, and rural/urban comparison.
Author(s): Carla S. Alvarado, Kathleen Zook, JaWanna Henry
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
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State Innovation Models (SIM) Round 2: Model Design Final Report
Shares results from a federal evaluation of the Round 2 State Innovation Models (SIM) Initiative awards. Provides a summary and review of each awardees' final State Health System Innovations Plan (SHSIP). Includes several suggestions and recommendations for improving rural healthcare delivery, payment, and access.
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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The Status of Telemedicine in Missouri
Provides background information on rural-specific healthcare issues in Missouri, and discusses the value of using telehealth to improve rural healthcare access. Also shares policy recommendations and details about eligibility and payment requirements.
Author(s): Dave Dillon, Jim Mikes
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Missouri Hospital Association
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Sample Network Balanced Scorecard Materials
Sample HIT network balanced scorecard improvement plan and strategy map for networks interested in incorporating the balanced scorecard methodology into their strategic plans.
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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