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  • ONC has launched the first in a series of web pages tailored to meet the health IT needs of Critical Access Hospitals (CAH) and small, rural hospitals. This effort is in support of our goal to see 1,000 CAHs and small, rural hospitals obtain Meaningful Use by the end of 2014. The pages are packed with resources, lessons from the field, health IT implementation support tools and more. You can also find Federal funding opportunities for health IT infrastructure (e.g., hardware, software, broadband). We encourage you to review and share the information among CAHs and rural hospitals in your communities. To access these web pages, visit: http://www.healthit.gov/ruralhealth.
  • Rural Assistance Center A national technical assistance resource which is a rural health and human services “information portal.”
  • The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act seeks to improve American health care delivery and patient care through an unprecedented investment in health information technology.
  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services The official web site for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Programs.
  • US Department of Health and Human Services This DHHS rural site addresses HIT and rural resource links within the government including links to tool kits.
  • National Rural Health Resource Center  The National Rural Health Resource Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to sustaining and improving health care in rural communities.
  • Agency for Health Care Research and Quality This DHHS website focuses on Health Information Technology resources that address Best Practices for Transforming Quality, Safety and Efficiency.  It includes funded projects, grant resources, Health IT tools and resources.
  • Federal Communications Commission The FCC has initiated a pilot funding program to facilitate the creation of a nationwide broadband network dedicated to health care, connecting public and private non-profit health care providers in rural and urban locations.  This site guides you through these resources and the process of application.
  • Universal Service Administrative Company The Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) is an independent, not-for-profit corporation created in 1997 to collect universal service contributions from telecommunications carriers and administer universal support mechanisms (programs) designed to help communities across the country secure access to affordable telecommunications services.  This site assists rural health care providers in understanding resources available to them.
  • United States Department of Agriculture + United States Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration   This website provides links into each of these US Department programs, the Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP) and the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP).
  • United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development  Community Facilities Program provides loans and grants and loan guarantees for water and environmental projects, as well as community facilities projects.
  • Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®) is an independent, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with the public mission of accelerating the adoption of robust, interoperable health information technology.  This site provides information on certification of EMR products and the certification process.
  • Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP) is a cooperative partnership between the public and private sectors. The Panel was formed for the purpose of harmonizing and integrating standards that will meet clinical and business needs for sharing information among organizations and systems.  This site provides review and definition of HIT standards.
  • National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative (NRTC) represents the advanced telecommunications and information technology interests of 1,500 rural utilities and affiliates in 48 states.  This site provides a resource for rural communities to link to and understand telecommunication connectivity in their communities.
  • National Rural Health Association (NRHA) is a national nonprofit membership organization. The association’s mission is to provide leadership on rural health issues. NRHA membership consists of a diverse collection of individuals and organizations, all of whom share the common bond of an interest in rural health.  This site will assist in understanding specific resources, technical assistance and advocacy in rural health care.
  • Medical Group Management and Medical Practice Executives Association MGMA-ACMPE is a membership association for professional administrators and leaders of medical group practices. The organization delivers networking, professional education and resources, and political advocacy for medical practice management. MGMA-ACMPE has resources for selecting, implementing and optimizing an electronic health record (EHR) in your medical practice or health system
  • Health Information and Management Services  HIMSS is a cause-based, not-for-profit organization exclusively focused on providing global leadership so that lives can be saved, outcomes of care improved, and costs reduced by transforming the delivery of healthcare through the appropriate use of information technology (IT) and management systems.  This sites assists in navigating risk assessment, audits, health information exchanges, and materials for small provider organizations.
  • American Health Information Management Association The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) is an association of health information management (HIM) professionals. AHIMA’s members are dedicated to the effective management of personal health information required to deliver quality healthcare to the public.
  • National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 association representing state chief information officers and information technology executives and managers from the states, territories, and the District of Columbia. Information regarding state policies  for use of technology and technology priorities are available.
  • Center for Health Information Technology at the American Family Practice Association mission is to promote and facilitate the adoption and optimal use of health information technology by AAFP members and other office-based clinicians, for the purposes of improving the quality and safety of medical care and increasing the efficiency of medical practice.  This website assists in resources and links to achieve successful adoption of EHRs.
  • National Governors Association Center for Best Practices states are connecting their growing health information exchange (HIE) capacity to existing health care initiatives and developing new organizational and governance structures to facilitate the coordination of complex planning and implementation activities across projects and agencies. There are three main governance models that states are using to develop the institutional structures, regulatory policies and incentives that will promote successful and sustainable electronic HIE.  This website describes various state initiatives.
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