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Health Information Technology in Rural Healthcare – Resources

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

Expanding Internet Access: Bank Financing for Rural Broadband Initiatives
Highlights multiple initiatives and other work being done by banks and federal savings associations to help rural communities expand access to broadband and internet services. Discusses broadband projects in rural Minnesota, Appalachian County Ohio, and Alaska.
Date: 11/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
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Predictive Analytics Shape Care Processes
Reports on an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) model in Maine that uses a predictive analytics platform in conjunction with Maine's statewide health information exchange (HIE) to prescribe care management interventions based on patient risk. Describes the predictive analytics system, discusses how the ACO is using it to manage care, and highlights future plans, such as targeting patients hospitalized for an opioid overdose and integrating social determinants of health data.
Date: 11/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Value
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State Laws and Policies Affecting Broadband Access in Eight Northern Region States
Highlights several state-level broadband policies and their effect on healthcare access in rural communities in Idaho, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Compares broadband access in rural areas to state and national averages and breaks down the policies in each state.
Date: 11/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: The Network for Public Health Law
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Electronic Health Record Adoption and Interoperability Among U.S. Skilled Nursing Facilities and Home Health Agencies in 2017
Presents data for home health agencies and skilled nursing facilities describing their use of health information technology (HIT) in 2017. Includes statistics on electronic health record (EHR) adoption and interoperability. Covers information telehealth use in home health agencies by rural versus urban location and ownership type.
Author(s): JaWanna Henry, Yuriy Pylypchuk, Vaishali Patel
Date: 11/2018
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 2017
Provides information on non-federal acute care hospitals sending, receiving, finding, and integrating electronic patient health information. Offers statistics on the four domains of interoperability and summarizes common barriers to exchanging electronic patient health information for small, rural, and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs).
Author(s): Yuriy Pylypchuk, Christian Johnson, JaWanna Henry, Diana Ciricean
Date: 11/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
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Tribal Broadband: FCC Should Undertake Efforts to Better Promote Tribal Access to Spectrum
Examines wireless broadband access for tribal entities, barriers to obtaining spectrum licensing for tribes, and steps taken by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to support tribal access. Provides recommendations for the FCC to improve broadband wireless internet access in rural tribal areas.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 11/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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Map to Prosperity
Discusses the potential of broadband's effects 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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Last Updated: 8/27/2021