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Health Information Technology in Rural Healthcare Resources

Selected recent or important resources focusing on Health Information Technology in Rural Healthcare.

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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Health Information Technology (HIT) Network Readiness Assessment
Self-assessment tool designed to help leaders identify organizational strengths and weaknesses, and determine a starting point for building a successful HIT network.
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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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, and providing recommendations on how 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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A Rural-Urban Comparison of Hospitals Participating in the Medicare Electronic Health Record Incentive Program
Examines the history and progression of electronic health record (EHR) usage in rural hospitals across the U.S. Seeks to explain why rural hospitals, including Critical Access Hospitals, tend to lag behind their urban counterparts in EHR adoption, and makes policy recommendations for improving the meaningful use of EHRs in rural hospitals.
Author(s): Jan Eberth, Sharita Thomas
Date: 02/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association
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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
Location: Rural Monitor
Date: 01/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Rural Health IT Workforce Program Sourcebook
Overview of program 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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Cybersecurity Threats in Rural America: How to Protect Your Critical Access Hospitals
Webinar recording designed to help Critical Access Hospital leaders understand potential threats to their health information technology systems and how to assess and protect them. Includes a discussion of what to do if a cyberattack or data breach happens.
Additional links: Presentation Slides, Webinar Recording
Author(s): Joe Wivoda
Date: 09/2016
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Technical Assistance and Services Center
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EHR Contracts Untangled: Selecting Wisely, Negotiating Terms, and Understanding the Fine Print
A guide for choosing an Electronic Health Record system and vendor. Includes discussions on safety and security, system performance, data rights, sharing information, risks and liability, vendor dispute resolution, and transitioning to a new EHRs.
Date: 09/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
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Variation in Interoperability Among U.S. Non-Federal Acute Care Hospitals in 2015
A discussion of how health information is shared between hospitals, including a review of the methods used and the rate of exchange between providers and health systems. Includes data and statistics about electronic health records (EHR), the Health Information Exchange (HIE), and specific information about the lower rates of use of both in small, rural, and Critical Access Hospitals.
Author(s): Vaishali Patel, JaWanna Henry, Yuriy Pylypchuk, Talisha Searcy
Date: 07/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
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Interoperability Among U.S. Non-Federal Acute Care Hospitals in 2015 (Data Brief)
Estimates of the percentage of interoperable exchange among non-federal acute care hospitals, including whether they have patient information electronically available from sources outside their own systems, if that information is used for clinical decisions, and a discussion of the barriers of exchange that information.
Author(s): Vaishali Patel, JaWanna Henry, Yuriy Pylypchuk, Talisha Searcy
Date: 05/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
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Adoption of Electronic Health Record Systems among U.S. Non-Federal Acute Care Hospitals: 2008-2015 (Data Brief)
Data gathered from the American Hospital Association between 2008-2015 to show trends in the use of Electronic Health Records (EHR). Includes small, rural, and Critical Access Hospitals.
Author(s): JaWanna Henry, Yuriy Pylypchuk, Talisha Searcy, Vaishali Patel
Date: 05/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
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Health Information Exchange: A Strategy for Improving Access for Rural Veterans in the Maine Flex Rural Veterans Health Access Program
Describes the design and implementation of a project to expand access to healthcare for rural veterans through a bi-directional link between a statewide health information exchange in Maine and Veterans Administration facilities. Discusses the challenges and successes encountered in developing a health information system that is interoperable between a variety of complex agencies.
Author(s): Karen B. Pearson, Amanda Burgess, John Gale, Anush Y. Hansen, Andrew Coburn
Date: 05/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Maine Rural Health Research Center
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Disparities in Individuals’ Access and Use of Health Information Technology in 2014
Reports on patients' use of different types of health information technology as of 2014, with comparison to 2013. See figure 5 for data specific to rural patients' use of HIT, showing lower use compared to urban patients.
Author(s): Vaishali Patel, Wesley Barker, Erin Siminerio
Date: 02/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
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Health IT Playbook
An online guidebook for healthcare providers on using Health Information Technology (HIT) to its best advantage. Includes discussions on choosing, implementing, and upgrading electronic health records (EHRs), using Health Information Exchanges (HIEs) and Certified Health IT products, implementing patient engagement via telehealth/telemedicine, quality and security with HIT, and looking at how HIT can connect providers and patients in public health settings. Includes a section on HIT in rural settings.
Date: 2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
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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, such as rural students. By identifying barriers faced by these programs, this paper helps 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, et al.
Date: 11/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: WWAMI Rural Health Research Center
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Adoption and Use of Electronic Health Records by Rural Health Clinics: Results of a National Survey
Results of a 2013 web-based national survey of 1,479 Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) assessing implementation of Electronic Health Records (EHR) technology. Includes statistics with breakdowns by geographic region, clinic ownership type, percentage of usage, and types of barriers to EHR acquisition and implementation.
Author(s): John Gale, Zach Croll, David Hartley
Date: 09/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Maine Rural Health Research Center
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Federal Health IT Strategic Plan, 2015-2020
Outlines federal goals, plans, and priorities as they relate to health information technology (HIT) and its application across the U.S. Also discusses federal efforts to improve broadband access and HIT infrastructure in all areas, including rural and tribal areas.
Additional links: One-Page Summary
Date: 09/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
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Examining the Relationship Between Health IT and Ambulatory Care Workflow Redesign
Provides an analysis of the implementation of health information technology (HIT) in ambulatory care settings to better understand the underlying associations between HIT and workflow processes. Study was conducted in 6 ambulatory care practices that included 5 primary care practices in rural locations.
Author(s): Kai Zheng, Elizabeth L. Ciemins, Holly J. Lanham, Curt Lindberg
Date: 07/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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New Mexico Practitioners' Access to and Satisfaction with Online Clinical Information Resources: An Interview Study Using Qualitative Data Analysis Software
Study examines the clinical information resources available to healthcare providers in New Mexico serving a rural and medically undeserved population not associated with the University of New Mexico.
Author(s): Patricia V. Bradley, Christina M. Getrich, Gale G. Hannigan
Location: Journal of the Medical Library Association, 103(1), 31-35
Date: 01/2015
Type: Document
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International Classification of Disease: CMS's Efforts to Prepare for the New Version of the Disease and Procedure Codes
Review of the efforts undertaken by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to prepare for the transition to the 10th revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10) codes. Evaluates the materials developed and activities undertaken by CMS to help providers’ transition and describes concerns of stakeholder organizations, including rural-specific considerations.
Additional links: Highlights
Date: 01/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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Health Information Technology in the United States, 2015: Transition to a Post-HITECH World
Reports on health information technology (HIT) adoption over an 8-year period, including results of programs supported by the HITECH Act. Exhibit 19 provides information on adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) and achievement of meaningful use for rural hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals, Rural Health Clinics, and others who received technical assistance from the Regional Extension Centers.
Date: 2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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Meaningful Use Attestations Among US Hospitals: The Growing Rural-Urban Divide
An analysis of the Electronic Health Record Incentive Program adoption in metropolitan, micropolitan, and rural hospitals in the U.S. Compares rural and urban hospitals that were attesting to meaningful use and receiving federal incentive payments.
Author(s): Ryan H. Sandefer, David T. Marc, Paul Kleeberg
Location: Perspectives in Health Information Management, 2015 (Spring), 1-10
Date: 2015
Type: Document
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The State HIE Program Four Years Later: Key Findings on Grantees’ Experiences from a Six-State Review
Provides information on health information exchange (HIE) efforts in six states: Iowa, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Utah, Vermont and Wyoming. Includes the population density for each of those states. Discusses supportive factors and challenges in implementing state-wide health information exchange services.
Date: 12/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: NORC at the University of Chicago
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Physician Motivations for Adoption of Electronic Health Records
Identifies characteristics of physicians who have not yet adopted an electronic health record (EHR) to understand gaps and barriers in EHR use. Indicates that there was no difference in adoption rates between rural and urban locations.
Author(s): Dawn Heisey-Grove, Vaishali Patel
Date: 12/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
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Report to Congress, 2014: Update on the Adoption of Health Information Technology and Related Efforts to Facilitate the Electronic Use and Exchange of Health Information
Annual report to Congress describing progress related to the nationwide adoption of health information technology (HIT), electronic health records (EHRs), and health information exchange (HIE). Includes information on federal programs supporting rural HIT adoption. See pages 16-18.
Date: 10/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
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Electronic Health Information Exchange in Underserved Settings: Examining Initiatives in Small Physician Practices & Community Health Centers
Discusses a study evaluating electronic data exchange projects and identifies the barriers and benefits of participating in health information exchange (HIE) activities in underserved settings.
Author(s): J. Mac McCullough, Frederick J. Zimmerman, Douglas S. Bell, Hector P. Rodriguez
Location: BMC Health Services Research, 14, 415
Date: 09/2014
Type: Document
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Rural Adoption Rates of Electronic Medical Records Overtake Those in Urban Areas: The Gap is More Pronounced for Specialists
Discusses rural and urban adoption rates of electronic medical records (EMR) among office-based physicians and reports that EMR adoption rates are higher for practices in rural areas (56%) than urban areas (49%).
Author(s): Brian E. Whitacre
Date: 08/2014
Type: Document
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Health Information Technology in the United States: Progress and Challenges Ahead, 2014
Discusses the progress of hospitals and physicians on the adoption of electronic health records (EHR) and improving patient education and quality, as well as challenges ahead. It provides data specific to Medicare Disproportionate-Share Hospitals' and Critical Access Hospitals' adoption rates. Furthermore, exhibit 19 demonstrates stages of EHR adoption by hospital characteristics, including urban and rural geographies.
Author(s): Catherine DesRoches, Michael Painter, Ashish Jha
Date: 08/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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RHITND Sourcebook
Provides a reference and resource demonstrating the projects of the Rural Health Information Technology Network Development (RHITND) Program funded during Federal fiscal years 2011-2013.
Date: 07/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Health Centers and Electronic Health Records: Adoption, Use, and Impact
Provides a brief overview of the adoption rate of electronic health records in both urban and rural federally funded health centers.
Date: 06/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Community Health Centers
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Trends in Electronic Health Record System Use Among Office-based Physicians: United States, 2007–2012
Reports trends in the adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) by office-based physicians. Covers use of both basic and fully functional EHR systems. Includes data for metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas. Also includes data by practice size and for primary care compared to nonprimary care physicians.
Author(s): Chun-Ju Hsiao, Esther Hing, Jill Ashman
Date: 05/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Statistics
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Meaningful Use of Electronic Health Records by Rural Health Clinics
Working paper identifying the rates of electronic health record (EHR) adoption among a national random sample of Rural Health Clinics (RHCs), and the extent to which RHCs that have adopted an EHR system are likely to achieve Stage 1 meaningful use.
Author(s): John A. Gale, David Hartley, Zach Croll
Date: 02/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Maine Rural Health Research Center
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REC Program Evaluation Interim Report: Round 1 Case Studies, Regional Extension Center Program
Contains an evaluation of the HIT Regional Extension Center (REC) program. Includes nine case studies that explore the experiences of REC grantees that implemented the program as well as the challenges faced by providers as they adopt and meaningfully use electronic health records. Contains a section on RECs operating in rural areas and how they structured their programs to maximize the impact of limited human and financial capital.
Author(s): Brandy Farrar, Grace Wang, David Schneider, Johannes Bos, Margaret Savage, et al.
Date: 01/2014
Type: Document
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Issue Brief: Medication Adherence and Health IT
Provides an overview of medication adherence and how implementing health IT can increase adherence rates that support wellness and population health. Provides an example of a project that facilitates coordination between hospital pharmacists and rural community pharmacists that provides patient medication management and consultation services for patients’ pre- and post-discharge.
Author(s): Aja B. Williams
Date: 01/2014
Type: Document
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A Survey of Rural Hospitals’ Perspectives on Health Information Technology Outsourcing
Surveyed rural hospitals to gauge their perspectives on health information technology (HIT) outsourcing and the role of hospital-to-hospital partnerships (HHPs) in this outsourcing mechanism.
Author(s): Nicholas Johnson, Alison Murphy, Nathan McNeese, Madhu Reddy, Sandeep Purao
Location: AMIA Annual Symposium Proceedings, 2013, 732-741
Date: 11/2013
Type: Document
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Progress and Challenges with the Implementation and Use of Electronic Health Records among Critical Access Hospitals
Provides an analysis of the adoption of health information technology and electronic health records by Critical Access Hospitals.
Author(s): Meghan Hufstader Gabriel, Michael F. Furukawa, Emily B. Jones, Jennifer King, Leila K. Samy
Date: 09/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
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Evaluating the Promise of Health IT to Enhance/Expand the Reach of Mental Health Services
Discusses methods for improving the reach of mental health services and reducing the barriers that limit the expansion of mental health care services in rural America.
Author(s): Greg Clarke, Bobbi Jo Yarborough,
Location: General Hospital Psychiatry, 35(4), 339-344
Date: 05/2013
Type: Document
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Regional Health eDecisions: A Guide to Connecting Health Information Exchange in Primary Care
Outlines a framework for primary care practices to connect to regional health information exchanges. Establishes a blueprint for assessing organizational readiness for connecting an electronic health record (EHR) to a Regional Health Information Organization (RHIO), creating leadership and clinician buy-in for information exchange, addressing technical issues, and ensuring that data acquired from information exchange is accessible within clinician workflows.
Author(s): Dewey Scheid, Brian Yeaman, Zsolt Nagykaldi, James Mold
Date: 05/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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The Colorado Beacon Consortium: Strengthening the Capacity for Health Care Delivery Transformation in Rural Communities
Describes how physicians, hospitals, and other care providers in seven predominantly rural counties managed to build the capacity needed to exchange health data and transform clinical care.
Author(s): D. McCarthy, A. Cohen
Date: 04/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Commonwealth Fund
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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. Programs focus on 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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CAH Method II Physician Participation in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program: Fact Sheet
Reports that physicians who assign their reimbursement and billing to a Critical Access Hospital (CAH) under Method II (CAH IIs) are now eligible to participate in the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program as eligible professionals (EPs).
Date: 2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Sustainability, Partnership, and Teamwork in Health IT Implementation: Findings From the Transforming Healthcare Quality Through IT Grants
Presents findings from the AHRQ's Transforming Healthcare Quality Through IT program on aspects of sustainability, partnerships, and effective teamwork in grantees’ health IT implementation. Includes a checklist specifically designed for rural and community-based hospitals that are considering implementing health IT.
Author(s): Suzanne Felt-Lisk, Grace Ferry, Rebecca Roper, et al.
Date: 12/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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Quality Incentives for Federally Qualified Health Centers, Rural Health Clinics and Free Clinics: A Report to Congress
Discusses current initiatives and incentives that apply to primary care clinics regarding quality of care and the use of health information technology.
Date: 01/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: George Washington University Department of Health Policy and Management
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Health IT and Patient Safety: Building Safer Systems for Better Care
Examines the safety of health IT products and their effects on patient safety. Chapters two, four, and seven discuss safety specific to small practices and hospitals.
Date: 11/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health and Medicine Division (HMD), National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
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Electronic Consultations Between Primary and Specialty Care Clinicians: Early Insights
Explores the use of electronic consultation (e-consultation) for enabling primary care clinicians and specialists to communicate about patients at times that are mutually convenient and in rural areas where there is a shortage of specialists.
Author(s): Kathryn Horner, Ed Wagner, Jim Tufano,
Date: 10/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Commonwealth Fund
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Increasing EHR Use for Quality Improvement in Community Health Centers: The Role of Networks
Researchers describe how networks helped CHCs to use EHRs to improve chronic and preventive care and the barriers they faced.
Author(s): Robert H. Miller, Chris E. West
Date: 08/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Commonwealth Fund
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Telemedicine Reaches Beyond Clinic Walls: Network Help Extend Access
Discusses how telemedicine isn't confined to hospitals. It can reach patients in nursing homes, prisons and isolated geographic regions.
Author(s): Candi Helseth
Location: Rural Monitor, 2011(Summer)
Date: 08/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Use of Health Information Technology in Support of Patient-Centered Medical Homes Is Low Among Non-metropolitan Family Medicine Practices
Discusses the concept of a patient-centered medical home (PCMH) and examines if physician practices, especially non-metropolitan primary care practices, are ready to become PCMHs.
Author(s): Keith J. Mueller, Fred Ullrich, A. Clinton MacKinney
Date: 04/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
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Summary of Health Information Technology Incentives and Resources
Summarizes the Medicare and Medicaid incentives available to eligible professionals and hospitals for the implementation of certified electronic health record (EHR) technology. Included are definitions, information on meaningful use, certified technology, and helpful health information technology resources.
Date: 02/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Olympic Physicians Case Study: Rural Health IT: Clinic in Washington State Uses EHR System to Improve Care Coordination
Describes how physicians in Olympic, WA developed an EHR system to improve patient care coordination within the rural health IT setting’s local referral network.
Date: 2011
Type: Document
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Understanding the Impact of Health IT in Underserved Communities and those with Health Disparities
Focuses on how the integration of different types of information technology into health care delivery may influence processes and outcomes related to the overall health of residents.
Date: 10/2010
Type: Document
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Electronic Medical Record Systems in Critical Access Hospitals: Leadership Perspectives on Anticipated and Realized Benefits
Reports findings of a survey of hospital leadership administered in Iowa concerning the effectiveness of electronic medical records (EMRs) in increasing performance quality and reducing healthcare costs.
Author(s): Troy R. Mills, Jared Vavroch, James A. Bahensky, Marcia M. Ward
Location: Perspectives in Health Information Management, 7(Spring)
Date: 04/2010
Type: Document
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Critical Access Hospitals and Meaningful Use of Health Information Technology
Assesses the availability of health information technology applications that are preconditions for meaningful use in CAHs, compared to other U.S. hospitals in 2008.
Author(s): Jeffrey McCullough, Michelle Casey, Ira Moscovice
Date: 02/2010
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Flex Monitoring Team
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How to Grow a Rural IT Network
Describes a multi-phase project in which an Iowa consortium of Critical Assess Hospitals developed the nation's first rural integrated electronic health record (EHR) network. Process included standardizing hardware and software, installing a central data repository, redesigning clinical workflow, and launching clinical applications designed to automate functionality in the pharmacy, emergency room, and patient floors.
Author(s): Paul Browne
Location: Health Progress, 91(5)
Date: 2010
Type: Document
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Taking the Pulse of Rural Health Care
Provides an overview of gaps in health and healthcare access between rural and urban areas. Describes how health information technology can improve healthcare in remote areas.
Author(s): Carol Adaire Jones, Timothy S. Parker, Mary Ahearn
Date: 09/2009
Type: Document
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Health Information Technology Policy and Rural Hospitals
Summarizes the implementation status of key health information technology (HIT) applications in Critical Access Hospitals and other rural hospitals, and discusses policy options for encouraging HIT adoption in rural hospitals.
Author(s): Jeffrey McCullough, Michelle Casey, Ira Moscovice
Date: 06/2009
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Upper Midwest Rural Health Research Center
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A National Survey of Health Information Technology (HIT) Adoption in Federally Qualified Health Centers
The purpose of this survey was to determine the extent to which health centers, rural and urban, have adopted health information technology and telemedicine, identify the major vendors utilized by health centers, and determine the extent to which health centers have integrated behavioral health and/or oral health electronic records with medical health records.
Author(s): Michael R. Lardiere
Date: 05/2009
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Community Health Centers
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Lessons Learned from Electronic Health Record Implementation at Three North Dakota Critical Access Hospitals
Highlights common successes and challenges experienced during an electronic health record (EHR) implementation project involving three Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) in North Dakota. Offers recommendations for future Health Information Technology implementation processes.
Date: 03/2009
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: JSI Research and Training Institute
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Guide to Selecting Population Health Management Technologies for Rural Care Delivery
Presents a six-step process to help your organization plan for and implement technology as a means to manage the health of your existing patient populations. Each step is explained and links to additional resources are provided. The process is composed of the following steps: form a team, set goals, plan for financing, develop requirements, compare products, and select vendor and negotiate contracts.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Value
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MCN Health Network
Service for clinics who serve mobile patients, such as migrant workers. Helps ensure continuity of care and treatment completion by providing comprehensive case management, medical records transfer, and follow up services for mobile patients.
Type: Tool
Sponsoring organization: Migrant Clinicians Network
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Rural Health Information Technology Workforce Curriculum Resources
A collection of curriculum resources educators can adapt to create rural health IT workforce training programs. Developed by Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Rural Health IT Workforce Program grantees.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Health IT Legislation and Regulations
Provides information related to legislation and regulations for health information technology systems in the United States, including standards and certification criteria that electronic health records must meet.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
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Network Aim for Sustainability Portal
A compilation of tools, resources, and educational materials based on the Baldrige Performance Excellence framework developed for rural health network grantees.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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HIMSS Rural Health IT Resource Center
Addresses the health information technology opportunities and challenges faced by rural healthcare providers. Members include rural health clinics, critical access hospitals, networks and medical practices. Areas of focus include HIE, meeting incentive program objectives, quality initiatives and healthcare reform. Membership is open to HIMSS members.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society
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Resources for Critical Access Hospitals and Small Rural Hospitals
Provides information tailored to meet the health information technology (HIT) needs of Critical Access Hospitals (CAH) and small, rural hospitals. Addresses electronic health record (EHR) benefits, meaningful use, and implementation resources.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
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Health Information Exchange (HIE) Toolkit
Designed for healthcare organizations and other interested parties. Includes a policy matrix, guide to DIRECT connectivity standards, ROI calculator, privacy and security requirements, and information on making the first steps in forming or joining an HIE.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Interoperability Training Courses
Online training for Critical Access Hospitals focused on the Stage 2 Meaningful Use Rule. Covers how to implement new standards to support transitions of care, lab exchange, patient engagement, and public health measures.
Type: Tutorial/Training
Sponsoring organization: Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
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AHRQ-Funded Projects: Health Information Technology
Provides a list by state of AHRQ grantee projects in health information technology (HIT) that explore and test a wide range of HIT applications with the potential to transform everyday clinical practice. Select "Rural" under Community to focus on rural HIT examples.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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Implementation Toolsets for E-Prescribing
Provides toolsets, one for physicians in small practices and one for independent pharmacies, for supporting e-prescribing implementation. The toolsets are designed to offer a step-by-step guide for preparing for and launching an e-prescribing system.
Type: Tool
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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Federal Resources to Help Rural Providers Achieve Meaningful Use
Identifies federal resources available to rural healthcare providers to help with the implementation of electronic health records.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
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The Role of Leadership in the EHR Project: What Rural Leaders Need to Know
Recording of a May 2012 webinar that provides examples of effective project structure for rural and Critical Access Hospital electronic health record (EHR) projects. Presented by Joe Wivoda, Chief Information Office for the National Rural Health Resource Center. 55 minutes.
Additional links: Transcript
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Health IT Workforce Curriculum Components: National Training and Dissemination Center
Includes building blocks for health information technology (HIT) courses at community colleges and universities. To access the free materials, users must set up a profile.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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AHA: HIT Meaningful Use Resources
Helps hospital leaders better understand the Medicare and Medicaid electronic health records incentive programs and their associated "meaningful use" requirements.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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PubMed Search: Health Information Technology and Rural Health
Searches PubMed's collection of journal article citations on rural health and the health information technology topics of medical informatics and electronic health records.
Type: Literature Search
Sponsoring organization: National Library of Medicine
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CMS Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Programs
Provides information about the Electronic Health Record (EHR) incentive programs (HITECH programs) offered by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Includes the definition of "Meaningful Use" that outlines the requirements needed to receive EHR incentive payments.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Health Information Technology Toolkit for Critical Access and Small Hospitals
Provides Critical Access Hospitals and small hospitals numerous resources in health information technology (HIT), including information addressing health information exchange and personal health records.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Stratis Health
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Health IT Tools and Resources
A collection of tools that describe and recommend strategies for addressing some of the common challenges organizations encounter when working with health IT systems.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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AHRQ Health IT Evaluation Toolkit and Evaluation Measures Quick Reference Guides
A resource to help project teams develop an evaluation plan for a health information technology (HIT) project. Outlines a step-by-step process to develop an evaluation plan, identifies potential measures, and includes examples.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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Telehealth Resource Centers
Describes the telehealth resource centers which assist health care organizations, health care networks, and health care providers in the implementation of cost-effective telehealth programs to serve rural and medically underserved areas and populations.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Health Resources and Services Administration
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AHRQ Health Information Technology Portfolio
Provides information on AHRQ's health IT portfolio, which focuses on how health information technology can improve healthcare quality. Includes information on AHRQ-funded projects, including rural HIT and telehealth projects. Also provides access to resources and funding opportunities.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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Healthcare IT News
A news source focused on health information technology (HIT). Covers topics that include rural HIT.
Type: Journal/Newsletter
Sponsoring organization: Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society
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Last Updated: 12/11/2017