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Health Information Technology in Rural Healthcare – Resources

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

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: 05/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Pew Research Center
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Report on Promoting Broadband Internet Access Service for Veterans Pursuant to the Repack Airwaves Yielding Better Access for Users of Modern Services Act of 2018
Provides an overview of broadband access and broadband adoption for low-income and rural veteran households. Details barriers for veterans accessing broadband and efforts to increase access, such as the Universal Service Fund and Rural Health Care programs. Discusses the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) special focus on providing healthcare services for veterans in rural and remote locations via telehealth. Offers recommendations for Congress regarding broadband access for low-income and rural veterans.
Date: 05/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Federal Communications Commission
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Report on Broadband Deployment in Indian Country, Pursuant to the Repack Airwaves Yielding Better Access for Users of Modern Services Act of 2018
Provides an overview of fixed and mobile broadband deployment throughout tribal lands. Offers data comparing rural and urban tribal and non-tribal household broadband coverage. Discusses programs and other actions to increase access to broadband on tribal lands, including a focus on the Rural Health Care Program.
Date: 05/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Federal Communications Commission
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Hospitals' Use of Electronic Health Records Data, 2015-2017
Analyzes 2015 to 2017 data from the American Hospital Association Information Technology Survey to determine trends in how electronic health records (EHR) data is used to inform clinical practices and hospital processes. Includes information on EHR data use in small, rural, and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs).
Author(s): Sonal Parasrampuria, Jawanna Henry
Date: 04/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
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Electronic Capabilities for Patient Engagement among U.S. Non-Federal Acute Care Hospitals: 2013-2017
Describes hospital trends regarding patients' ability to view, download, and transmit (VDT) electronic health information and other capabilities related to online patient engagement. Provides data and analysis by hospital type, including Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) and rural hospitals, on the percent of: hospitals where patients can VDT their health data electronically; active patient portals; and hospitals offering electronic capabilities to their patients, such as refill requests, bill pay, and other services.
Author(s): JaWanna Henry, Wes Barker, Lolita Kachay
Date: 04/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
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Is Duration of Hospital Participation in Meaningful Use Associated with Value in Medicare?
Analyzes hospital participation in Medicare's meaningful use (MU) of electronic health records (EHRs) to determine the extent of their use of value-based initiatives in order to evaluate whether the duration of participation was linked with lower Medicare inpatient spending and lower readmission rates. Data was extracted from CMS sources including the Hospital Compare Website. Hospital-level data for analysis included inpatient spending, accreditation status, hospital location (urban/rural), ownership status, and hospital size.
Author(s): Yanick N. Brice, Karen E. Joynt Maddox
Citation: Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA) Open, 2(2), 238-245
Date: 03/2019
Type: Document
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The ReConnect Broadband Pilot Program
Highlights a program that provides loan and grant funding to expand rural access to broadband service. Details the program's eligibility requirements and compares it to other broadband programs offered by the Rural Utilities Service (RUS).
Date: 03/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Congressional Research Service
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Health Industry Cybersecurity Practices: Managing Threats and Protecting Patients
Offers cybersecurity guidelines for healthcare organizations to help reduce cybersecurity risks in response to a mandate from the Cybersecurity Act of 2015. Addresses cybersecurity vulnerabilities, best practices, and assessment. Includes a technical volume on cybersecurity practices for small healthcare organizations.
Date: 12/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
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Methods Used to Enable Interoperability among U.S. Non-Federal Acute Care Hospitals in 2017
Analyzes 2017 American Hospital Association IT Supplement survey data to describe the methods used by acute care hospitals in the U.S. to support interoperability. Discusses hospital participation in health information networks by hospital size and location. Includes information on the rates of small, rural, and Critical Access Hospitals' (CAH) use of non-electronic methods to exchanging patient health information with partners outside their hospital system.
Author(s): Christian Johnson, Yuriy Pylypchuk, Vaishali Patel
Date: 12/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
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RAY BAUM'S Act: A Bipartisan Foundation for Bridging the Digital Divide
Presents a congressional hearing from the House Energy & Commerce Committee on the Repack Airwaves Yielding Better Access for Users of Modern Services (RAY BAUM'S) Act, which reauthorized the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) with reforms intended to help promote the deployment of broadband. Includes provisions targeted towards increasing broadband access for rural and tribal areas. Features testimony from representatives of the National Association of Broadcasters, Competitive Carriers Association, APCO International, and the Milwaukee Public Broadcast Station.
Additional links: Bohdan Zachary Testimony, Tim Donovan Testimony
Date: 12/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: House Energy and Commerce Committee
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Last Updated: 10/19/2021