Topics: Health information technology

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Cybersecurity: How a Rural Alaska Hospital is Safeguarding Its Patients’ Information

A Chief Nursing Officer and Charge Nurse use a SPH computer.


Due to barriers like cost and staffing, many rural healthcare facilities’ information systems are susceptible to malware attacks such as ransomware. South Peninsula Hospital, a Critical Access Hospital in Homer, Alaska, uses an IT staff of six to monitor threats and train coworkers on how to safeguard their hospital’s information.

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January 11, 2017

An Interview with Leila Samy

Leila Samy


The ONC Rural Health IT Coordinator describes how the hospitalization of her father led her to become an advocate for health IT.

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February 12, 2014

An Interview with Terry Hill

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.

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August 13, 2013

HITECH Programs Help CAHs Fund IT Conversion

The federal government offers funding and other support for electronic health record implementation through several programs including Regional Extension Centers.

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May 17, 2012

An Interview with John Supplitt

John Supplitt


The senior director of the Section for Small or Rural Hospitals of the American Hospital Association discusses challenges facing rural hospitals, including workforce and HIT.

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February 22, 2011

An Interview with Kip Smith

Kip Smith


The Executive Director for the Health Information Exchange of Montana talks about making the jump from finance to rural health, working in search and rescue, and laying fiber optic lines across the frontier.

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November 24, 2009