Understanding and Facilitating Rural Health Transformation

Tools & Resources

Health Information Technology

Electronic systems (hardware, software, and supporting processes) that collect, collate, integrate, and disseminate performance data.

Evidence, Methods, & Models

Accountable Care Organization Health Information Technology Framework - Support a high performance health care system with the right HIT infrastructure using this framework from the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology. (2013)

Health Information Technology in Rural Healthcare - This topic guide from the Rural Health Information Hub provides rural specific FAQ, resources, news, models and innovations. (2020)

Tools & Resources

Guide to Selecting Population Health Management Technologies for Rural Care Delivery - Better manage the health of existing patient populations by implementing technology with this guide from Rural Health Value that walks you through the process to plan for and implement the technology. (2021)

The HITEQ Center - funded by HRSA to support health centers in full optimization of their EHR/Health IT systems. Includes a variety of resources related to use of HIT.

The National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers - The 12 regional and 2 national Telehealth Resource Centers (TRCs) have been established to provide assistance, education, and information to organizations and individuals who are actively providing or interested in providing health care at a distance. Our simple charter from the Office for Advancement of Telehealth is to assist in expanding the availability of health care to rural and underserved populations in local communities.

Redesigning Care: A How-To Guide for Hospitals and Health Systems Seeking to Implement, Strengthen and Sustain Telebehavioral Health - From the National Quality Forum (NQF) and the American Hospital Association (AHA) Center for Health Innovation this guide supports both hospital and health system efforts in delivering innovative, high-quality telebehavioral health services to patients and communities across the nation. (2019)

Rural Telehealth Toolkit - From the Rural Health Information Hub, this toolkit compiles evidence-based and promising models and resources to support organizations in identifying and implementing telehealth programs to address common challenges experienced in rural communities across the United States. (2019)

Telehealth: A Path to Virtual Integrated Care - This report from the AHA Center for Health Innovation examines how telehealth is part of a digital-health revolution; the flexibility of delivery platforms and how they fit into integrated care; why telehealth is critical to health care transformation. (2019)

Profiles & Case Studies

Making the EHR Work: Rural Healthcare Organizations Use Data Extraction to Improve Patient Care - This Rural Monitor article from the Rural Health Information Hub highlights use of HIT by the White House Clinics, in rural Appalachian Kentucky, and Harris Regional Hospital in western North Carolina. (2018)

Predictive Analytics Shape Care Processes - This Rural Health Value profile describes how Community Care Partnership of Maine, a collaboration of nine federally qualified health centers and three community hospital systems, uses predictive analytics software to identify patients with the highest risk and plan interventions to support care management. (2018)