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Health Information Technology in Rural Healthcare – Resources

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

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. Provides an explanation for each step and links to additional resources. Process consists 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 Playbook
Serves as 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.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
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Mapping Broadband Health in America
Connect2Health mapping tool for visualizing broadband access, demographics, and health data at the national, state, and county levels. Includes a rural filter based on the percent of the population that is rural.
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Federal Communications Commission
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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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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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Digital Healthcare Research: AHRQ - Funded Projects
Provides a searchable 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 Populations" under Population to focus on rural HIT examples.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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Last Updated: 10/5/2021