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

Map to Prosperity
Discusses the potential of broadband's affects on the rural economy, especially for farming operations and small businesses. Describes broadband access in rural areas. Includes rural versus urban comparisons for rural broadband access and funding and technical assistance programs to increase broadband adoption.
Author(s): Johnathan Hladik
Date: 10/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Affairs
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Broadband: Opportunities and Challenges in Rural America
Presents a U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation hearing on broadband access in rural communities. Features testimony from representatives of Mescalero Apache Telecom, Golden West Telecommunications, Cheyenne River Sioux Telephone Authority, and U.S. Cellular Corp.
Date: 10/2018
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
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Oversight Hearing on "GAO Reports Relating to Broadband Internet Availability on Tribal Lands"
Presents a U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs oversight hearing on broadband access on tribal lands. Discusses the U.S.Government Accountability Office (GAO) report: Broadband Internet: FCC's Data Overstate Access on Tribal Lands. Features testimony from representatives from the GAO, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the National Tribal Telecommunications Association, and AMERIND Risk.
Date: 10/2018
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
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Tribal Broadband: Few Partnerships Exist and the Rural Utilities Service Needs to Identify and Address Any Funding Barriers Tribes Face
Examines tribal broadband access, federal funding to tribal entities for improving broadband access, and barriers to obtaining such federal funding. Identifies tribal partnership agreements that have increased broadband access and discusses the outcomes. Addresses challenges specific to rural areas and the healthcare benefits of broadband access.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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EHR Interoperability: HIT Needs Across the Healthcare Continuum
Discusses the importance of electronic health record (EHR) data sharing among rural providers in order to address population health concerns. Features a rural hospital CEO and a HIT workforce educator and discusses what interoperability means for hospitals, clinics, and other types of providers.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Making the EHR Work: Rural Healthcare Organizations Use Data Extraction to Improve Patient Care
Discusses how rural organizations can use their electronic health record (EHR) data to address population health. Features data analytics programs at the White House Clinics in rural Appalachian Kentucky and Harris Regional Hospital in western North Carolina. Also discusses preparation of the rural health information technology (HIT) workforce.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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About a Quarter of Rural Americans Say Access to High-Speed Internet Is a Major Problem
Shares the views of rural residents describing their access to high speed internet and the scope of the problem. Includes information on internet use, smartphone ownership, and home broadband by rurality.
Author(s): Monica Anderson
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Pew Charitable Trusts
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Realizing the Benefits of Rural Broadband: Challenges and Solutions
Presents the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on the benefits, challenges, and solutions to rural broadband issues. Features testimony from an Associate Administrator and Chief Nursing Officer at Wallowa Memorial Hospital, a 25-bed Critical Access Hospital (CAH) in Enterprise, Oregon, on the role broadband plays in healthcare access via telehealth to rural and frontier areas.
Additional links: Jenni Word Testimony
Date: 07/2018
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organizations: House Energy and Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Communications and Technology
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Applying the Principles for Digital Development: Case Study of a Smartphone App to Support Collaborative Care for Rural Patients with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder or Bipolar Disorder
Examines ways of incorporating a patient-provider mobile health (mHealth) platform to support the delivery of primary care based mental health services in rural patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and/or bipolar disorder.
Author(s): Amy M. Bauer, Sarah Hodsdon, Jared M. Bechtel, John C. Fortney
Citation: Journal of Medical Internet Research, 20(6), e10048
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
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Electronic Health Record "Super-Users" and "Under-Users" in Ambulatory Care Practices
Describes a study on Electronic Health Record (EHR) use in ambulatory care practices. Analyzes data by rural versus urban location, practice size, practice type, and other factors. Presents county-level data.
Author(s): Juliet Rumball-Smith, Paul Shekelle, Cheryl L. Damberg
Citation: The American Journal of Managed Care, 24(1), 26-31
Date: 01/2018
Type: Document
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Cybersecurity Toolkit for Rural Hospitals and Clinics
Describes four steps, awareness, assessment, implementation and remediation, and education, to help rural clinics and hospitals develop and maintain cybersecurity programs. Includes a list of resources, checklists, and tools appropriate for all users.
Date: 01/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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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). Analyzes data by facility size, profit status, and rural versus 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. Helps health professionals 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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Critical Access Hospital Payment Adjustment and Hardship Exception Tipsheet
Provides information on regulations governing payment adjustments for Critical Access Hospitals that are not meaningful users of the Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs, and covers exceptions that may be made in cases of hardship.
Date: 06/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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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. Provides recommendations 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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Digital Gap Between Rural and Nonrural America Persists
Highlights differences in broadband access and technology adoption, such as smart phone or tablet use, between rural and urban residents of the U.S.
Author(s): Andrew Perrin
Date: 05/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Pew Charitable Trusts
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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 (CAHs), 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 R. 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
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 01/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Rural Health IT Workforce Program Sourcebook
Reports the 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 (CAH) leaders understand potential threats to their Health Information Technology (HIT) systems, and how to assess and protect them. Includes discussions on how to respond to a cyberattack or data breach.
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
Acts as a guide for choosing an Electronic Health Record (EHR) system and vendor. Discusses safety and security, system performance, data rights, sharing information, risks and liability, vendor dispute resolution, and how to transition 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
Discusses how health information is shared between hospitals, includes a review of the methods used and the rate of exchange between providers and health systems. Includes data and statistics on electronic health records (EHR), Health Information Exchange (HIE), and specific information about lower rates of EHR and HIE use of both in small, rural, and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs).
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
Estimates of the percentage of interoperable exchange among non-federal acute care hospitals, including whether patient information is electronically available from sources outside their own systems. Determines if that information is used for clinical decisions and discusses barriers to exchanging 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
Analyzes data from the American Hospital Association between 2008-2015 to describe trends in the use of Electronic Health Records (EHR). Includes small, rural, and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs).
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 (HIE) in Maine and Veterans Administration facilities. Discusses 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 A. Gale, Andrew F. Coburn, Anush Yousefian Hansen
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 (HIT) as of 2014, with a comparison to 2013. See figure 5 for data specific to rural patients' use of HIT.
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
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. Identifies barriers faced by these programs 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, Susan Fenton, Caitlin Morrison
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 the 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. 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
Analyzes the implementation of health information technology (HIT) in ambulatory care settings to better understand the underlying associations between HIT and workflow processes. Examines data from 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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National Rural HIT Coalition Meeting
Details the minutes of a National Rural Health Information Technology Coalition face-to-face meeting in Washington D.C. Discusses a number of national and federal updates, as well as telehealth expansion and population health integration.
Date: 02/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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New Mexico Practitioners' Access to and Satisfaction with Online Clinical Information Resources: An Interview Study Using Qualitative Data Analysis Software
Examines the clinical information and 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
Citation: Journal of the Medical Library Association, 103(1), 31-35
Date: 01/2015
Type: Document
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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, includes the 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 (CAHs), Rural Health Clinics (RHCs), 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 U.S. Hospitals: The Growing Rural-Urban Divide
Provides 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
Citation: 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 and discusses supportive factors and challenges in implementing statewide HIE services.
Author(s): Prashila Dullabh, Petry Ubri, Lauren Hovey
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 gain an understanding of gaps and barriers in EHR use.
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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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. Reports EMR adoption rates for practices in rural and urban areas.
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), improving patient education and quality, and challenges ahead. Provides data specific to Medicare Disproportionate-Share Hospitals' and Critical Access Hospitals' (CAHs) adoption rates. Exhibit 19 demonstrates stages of EHR adoption by hospital characteristics, including for urban and rural areas.
Author(s): Catherine M. DesRoches, Michael W. Painter, Ashish K. Jha
Date: 08/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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Sourcebook: Technical Assistance of the Rural Health Information Technology Network Development (RHITND) Grantees
Provides information and resources on the demonstration projects from 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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Snapshot: Health Centers and Electronic Health Records: Adoption, Use, and Impact
An overview of the adoption rate of electronic health records in 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 metro and non-metro areas and data by practice size comparing primary care physicians to other specialties.
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
Identifies rates of electronic health record (EHR) adoption among a national, random sample of Rural Health Clinics (RHCs). Examines the extent to which RHCs that have adopted an EHR system are likely to achieve Stage 1 meaningful use.
Additional links: Policy Brief
Author(s): John A. Gale, David Hartley, Zachariah T. 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
Evaluates the Health Information Technology (HIT) Regional Extension Center (REC) program. Covers nine case studies exploring the experiences and challenges of REC grantees 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, et al.
Date: 01/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: American Institutes for Research, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
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Issue Brief: Medication Adherence and Health IT
Discusses how medication adherence and health information technology (HIT) can increase adherence rates to support wellness and population health. Highlights a project that facilitates coordination between hospital pharmacists and rural community pharmacists to provide patient medication management and consultation services pre- and post-discharge.
Author(s): Aja B. Williams
Date: 01/2014
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 and Community Health Centers
Discusses a study evaluating electronic data exchange projects. 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
Citation: BMC Health Services Research, 14, 415
Date: 2014
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 (HIEs). 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 the HIE 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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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. Focuses on program 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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Electronic Health Record Implementation and Meaningful Use Adoption in Rural Hospitals and Physician Clinics
Provides background information that led to the adoption of legislation regarding the advancement of electronic health records (EHR) and of meaningful use. Offers recommendations that support legislation for the development of EHR adoption and implementation timelines to reduce the disparities between urban and rural facilities.
Author(s): Michelle Reisinger, Deborah Herzberg
Date: 01/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association
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USDA: Broadband
Provides information and resources on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's investment in rural broadband and e-connectivity. Includes new program offerings, loan and grant programs, and other opportunities available, including those that support healthcare services.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Agriculture
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Guide to Selecting Population Health Management Technologies for Rural Care Delivery
Presents a six-step process to help organizations plan for and implement technology to manage the health of 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, select vendor and negotiate contracts.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Value
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Rural Health Information Technology Workforce Curriculum Resources
Lists a collection of curriculum resources educators can adapt to create rural health information technology (HIT) workforce training programs. Developed by Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Rural HIT 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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HIMSS Rural Health IT Resource Center
Provides tools and resources to help rural healthcare organizations and providers implement and improve their health information technology (HIT) systems. Addresses HIT opportunities and challenges faced by rural healthcare providers. Areas of focus include HIE, meeting incentive program objectives, quality initiatives and healthcare reform.
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 to meet the health information technology (HIT) needs of Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) and small, rural hospitals. Covers benefits of HIT, overcoming barriers to HIT adoptions and implementation, and meaningful use resources.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
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Health Information Exchange (HIE) Toolkit
Provides information and resources for healthcare organizations regarding Health Information Exchange (HIE) considerations and engagement. Includes a policy matrix, guide to DIRECT connectivity standards, return on investment 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
Provides online training for Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) 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 state listing 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 for supporting e-prescribing implementation, one for physicians in small practices and one for independent pharmacies. The toolkits offer a step-by-step guide to prepare for and launch 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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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: EHRs - Meaningful Use Resources
Provides a listing of electronic health records (EHRs) resources to help hospital leaders better understand the Medicare and Medicaid EHR 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: U.S. 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
Listing of tools and resources that describe and recommend strategies for addressing common challenges organizations encounter when working with health information technology (HIT) 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
Assists 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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Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers
Provides assistance, education, and information to those providing or interested in providing healthcare at a distance, with the goal of expanding the availability of healthcare to underserved 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
Provides news focused on health information technology (HIT). Covers multiple topics, including rural HIT.
Type: Journal/Newsletter
Sponsoring organization: Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society
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Last Updated: 10/16/2018