Rural providers worry about having the resources to be able to interface efficiently with legacy systems, being able to exchange data with other systems, being able to ensure data security and continuity of operations in the event of system outages, the list goes on and on. CalHIPSO has compiled a list of resources to minimize these worries.
- 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.
- California Health and Human Services Agency California eHealth Initiative is a group of organizations committed to adopting health information technology (HIT) and electronic health in California. They work with California eHealth partners who have a mission related to ARRA/HITECH health information technology initiatives and/or stakeholder organizations. This website assists providers, organizations, patients, health plans and vendors to link to information and resources for the state of California.
- California Department of Public Health is dedicated to optimizing the health and well-being of the people in California. This website provides information on California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Programs that are working to support the objectives and measures for meaningful use requirements.
- California Rural Health Association (CSRHA) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, grassroots organization that works to improve the health of rural Californians and the quality and accessibility of the heath care they receive. CSRHA brings together health care providers, consumers, educators, researchers, public health and economic development agencies and others to work on a variety of issues related to preserving and enhancing the health of rural California.
- California Medical Association CMA is a professional organization representing the physicians of the state of California. The California Medical Association provides physicians with the tools and information they need as they are considering whether or not to implement an electronic health record (EHR), and if so, how to get started
- California Hospital Association (CHA) collaborates with members to provide strong and effective representation and advocacy to advance the interests of California hospitals, patients and communities. CHA is a resource, working with members to achieve legislative, regulatory, and legal accomplishments at the state and federal level
- California Telehealth Network (CTN) is a statewide broadband partnership for telehealth dedicated to healthcare. CTN’s mission is to use broadband technology to improve access to the best quality health care in rural and medically underserved communities statewide.
- California Health Information Association’s mission is to ensure the personal and professional growth of members and advance the health information management community through networking, education, shared knowledge, and advocacy.
- California eHealth Cooperative‘s mission is to provide an open and inclusive approach for eHealth activities in California that will drive the development of secure access to clinically-relevant information at the point of care.
- Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
- The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC)
- Health Information and Management Services
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- American Medical Association
- Rural Assistance Center
- Stratis Health (Read company information regarding contracting status-they are promoted by ONC)
- Agency for Health Care Research and Quality
- US Department of Health and Human Services-Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Toolboxes
- National Rural Health Resource Center Readiness Assessment
- Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services 2010-2012 Eligible Hospital and Critical Access Hospital Health Information Technology Planner
- Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services flow Chart to Help Eligible Professionals (EP) Determine Eligibility for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs.
- Agency for Health Care Research and Quality Workflow Assessment for Health IT Toolkit
- US Department of Health and Human Services-Health Resources and Services Administration Technology Assessment
- National Rural Health Resource Center Health Information Technology Guide for the Delta Rural Hospital Performance Improvement (RHPI) Program
- National Opinion Research Center (NORC) Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis “ Roadmap for the Adoption of Health Information Technology in Rural Communities”
- American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) “The Privacy and Security Gaps in Health Information Exchanges”
- The Commonwealth Fund “California First with Exchange Legislation Under National Reform”
- The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) “Leveraging Health IT to Achieve Ambulatory Quality: The Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH)”
- Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative Blue Shield “Blue Cross Demonstration Project Press Release“
- American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) “Identifying Issues in Facility and Provider Mergers and Acquisitions”
- American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Foundation “Making the Research Case for Using Health IT and Information Management to Improve Rural Healthcare: A Call to Action on Research Priorities”
- American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Foundation “Setting a Quality Improvement Research Agenda to Leverage HIT/HIM in Rural America”
- Centers for Disease Control-National Center for Health Statistics “Electronic Medical Record/Electronic Health Record Use by Office-based Physicians: United States, 2008 and Preliminary 2009”
- Health Affairs “The Strategy For Advancing The Exchange Of Health Information” from the Office of the National Coordinator.
- CHeQ: Rural HIE Incentive Program – May 29, 2013
- US Department of Health and Human Services-Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Health IT Toolbox Webinar Videos
- Rural Hospital Performance Improvement Project-Health Education and Learning Program
- Rural Hospital Performance Improvement Project
- Rural Health Resource Center training webinar: HIT 101 An Introduction to Health Information Technology.
- The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) on-demand webinars
- eHealth Initiative 2012 meeting of the National Forum on Data Analytics in Health Care
- The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2012 annual conference.
- National Institutes of Health-Center for Information Technology video and podcast site
- ONC “Putting the ‘I’ in Health IT Video
- Farzad Mostashari Gives Keynote at HIMSS 2012 Video
- ONC Health Information Technology: Improving the Nation’s Health Care Video
- The Paper Beast from Beyond! Video
- The Meaningful Yoose Rap
- Medical Group Management and Medical Practice Executives Association Podcast
- The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) blog
- The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) blog
- The Health Care Blog
- National eHealth Collaborative Web-based Education
- California Health Workforce Alliance
- Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services The official web site for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Programs. The Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs will provide incentive payments to eligible professionals, eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs) as they adopt, implement, upgrade or demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHR technology.
- Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services “An Introduction to the Medicare EHR Incentive Program for Eligible Professionals”.
- California Department of Health and Human Services This website links to Medi-Cal EHR State Level Registry (SLR) for Provider Incentive Payments and their provider outreach page.
FCC USAC, Rural Pilot Program
- 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 Rural Development The USDA Rural Development’s Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program (DLT) is designed specifically to meet the educational and health care needs of rural America.
- United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development The USDA Rural Development’s Community Connect program serves rural communities where broadband service is least likely to be available, but where it can make a tremendous difference in the quality of life for citizens. The projects funded by these grants will help rural residents tap into the enormous potential of the Internet. This site guides and explains this resource.
- US Department of Health and Human Services-Health Resources and Services AdministrationThis website links to an announcement that solicits applications for the Telehealth Network Grant Program (TNGP). The primary objective of the TNGP is to demonstrate how telehealth programs and networks can improve access to quality health care services in rural and underserved communities.
- US Department of Health and Human Services-Health Resources and Services Administration This website links to grant resources for the HIT Capacity Building Initiative for Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program providers.
- US Department of Health and Human Services-Health Resources and Services Administration This website links to an announcement that solicits applications for the Developing Integrated Maternal and Child Health Information Systems Promoting the Use of Health Information Technology.
- US Department of Health and Human Services-Health Resources and Services Administration This website links to an announcement that solicits applications for the Telehealth Resource Center Grant Program (TRCGP). The purpose of the TRCGP is to support the establishment and development of Telehealth Resource Centers (TRCs).
This website links to the USDA’s Community Programs that can make and guarantee loans to develop essential community facilities in rural areas and towns of up to 20,000 in population. Loans and guarantees are available to public entities such as municipalities, counties, and special-purpose districts, as well as to non-profit corporations and tribal governments.
Applicants must have the legal authority to borrow and repay loans, to pledge security for loans, and to construct, operate, and maintain the facilities.
This website links to the variety of USDA Rural Development business programs addressing credit needs in under-served rural areas, often in partnership with private sector lenders that include the following: