Topics: Policy

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EHR Interoperability: HIT Needs Across the Healthcare Continuum

graphic showing physician accessing data


Talking electronic health record “interoperability,” a rural hospital CEO and a HIT workforce educator talk about what that means for hospitals, clinics, and other organizations like those providing behavioral health.

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September 19, 2018

Using Telehealth to Put Patients at the Center of Healthcare

Mario Gutierrez


Mario Gutierrez, MPH, Executive Director of the Center for Connected Health Policy’s National Telehealth Policy Resource Center, discusses the important role telehealth plays for rural patients in delivering healthcare directly to their homes and communities.

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July 26, 2017

Recognizing Telehealth’s Full Potential

Kristi Henderson


Kristi Henderson, DNP, CFNP, CACNP, FAEN, Vice President of Innovation and Virtual Care at Ascension’s Texas Ministry, outlines three challenges hindering telehealth’s growth: outdated reimbursement models, policies and regulations, and the complexity surrounding telehealth integration.

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July 26, 2017

Freestanding Emergency Departments: An Alternative Model for Rural Communities

OSF Center for Health - Streator campus


First conceptualized in the 1970s, but not widely adopted in rural communities, freestanding emergency departments (FSEDs) have been getting another look as a sustainable rural option. This article discusses hospital-based versus independent FSEDs, the model’s financial viability, and highlights two FSEDs meeting their communities’ healthcare needs in Arizona and Illinois.

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November 30, 2016