Health Information Technology

Health Information Technology (HIT) is an important component of a health center’s operations. While it is not an end unto itself, it is an important means for helping health care providers provide high quality care that is safe, effective, timely, patient-entered, efficient and equitable. Below, learn more about tools and resources that can help health centers in the selection, implementation and meaningful use of various health information technologies.

Contact April Lewis, Director, Health Center Operations and HR Training at (301) 347-0400 for more information.

User Groups

NACHC supports several user groups for health centers that utilize various Electronic Health Record (EHR) platforms. These user groups provide a vehicle for health centers to meet and discuss common issues, share experiences and gain valuable insight on accomplishments and best practices.

Benefits

  • Connect with other health centers who use the same EHR platform as you.
  • Discuss the issues and enhancements most important to health centers.
  • Groups are led by health centers, HCCNs and PCA staff on a voluntary basis.
  • Online forums to exchange ideas, lessons learned and best practices.
  • Groups meet both virtually and in-person.
  • NACHC provides support via WebEx, conference calls, and meeting space at our major conferences.

To join a specific user group or find out more information, please select a vendor below.

 

Tools for Implementing EHRs

The EHR  Selection Guidelines were developed by the Health Resources and Services Administration, with participation from NACHC and health center representatives, to help health centers select an EHR vendor. Resources for selecting, purchasing, and implementing an EHR are available on the Health Information Technology, Evaluation, and Quality Center (HITEQ) website.

Partnering with Health Center Controlled Networks

Health Center Controlled Networks (HCCNs) provide valuable opportunities for health centers to optimize limited resources. Many health centers have found that partnering with a HCCN has provided substantial value to their operations in terms of quality and overall organizational performance. Partnering with an HCCN can also substantially decrease a health center’s HIT investment.

Through funding made available by the Health Resources & Services Administration, NACHC has developed a Network Resource Guide to provide information about existing health center networks and present an overview of the work currently being conducted by networks in the field. The Guide is intended for use by provider organizations such as health centers and clinics, Primary Care Associations (PCAs), and HCCNs, as well as other individuals or organizations seeking greater understanding of health center network capacities.

Additional Resources

NACHC Publications

Business Intelligence Strategy in the Community Health Environment

Buyer’s Guide Business Intelligence Tools for Health Centers and PCAs

How to Not Just Survive but Thrive in a Value-Based, Highly Competitive Marketplace

The Meaningful Use of Community Health Data

Strategies to Improve Provider Productivity Post EHR

Patient Portals: Challenges and Opportunities for Patient Engagement

Behavioral Health Integration and Data Exchange

Health Information Exchange: Opportunities and Challenges for Health Centers

Don’t Fall Victim To A Data Breach: Strategies To Protect And Safeguard Personal Health Information

Other Helpful Resources

Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) – In addition to other activities, ONC is responsible for Developing, maintaining, and directing the implementation of HHS’ strategic plan to guide the nationwide implementation of interoperable health information technology in both the public and private health care sectors.

The ONC HIT Playbook – In 2016, ONC launched the Health IT Playbook to answer many questions providers ask when implementing and using health IT. This Playbook offers strategies, recommendations, and best practices — extensively researched and gleaned from a variety of clinical settings — to help you find the answers you need. The Playbook’s actionable steps will help reduce the pain of implementing and using health IT in your practice while advancing care information and delivery.

Health Information Technology, Evaluation, and Quality Center  – The HITEQ Center collaborates with HRSA Partners including Health Center Controlled Networks (HCCNs), Primary Care Associations (PCAs) and other National Cooperative Agreements (NCAs) to support health centers in full optimization of their EHR/Health IT systems.

Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) – HIMSS is the health care industry’s membership organization exclusively focused on providing leadership for the optimal use of healthcare information technology (IT) and management systems for the betterment of healthcare.

American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) – AMIA is dedicated to promoting the effective organization, analysis, management, and use of information in health care in support of patient care, public health, teaching, research, administration, and related policy.

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