Community Health Center Information Systems Assessment: Issues and Opportunities. Final Report. Appendix A: Environmental Scan


DRAFT Revised Environmental Scan
Community Health Center Information System Assessment:
Issues and Opportunities

Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services



NORC completed the following environmental scan between February and September 2003, which includes a review of both published and unpublished materials relevant to IT use and adoption among health centers. Materials summarized here were gathered through formal searches in health services research databases such as PubMed, paired with searches of popular, non-peer reviewed publications using Internet search engines. In addition to review of secondary sources, the environmental scan included loosely structured, one hour discussions with thought leaders in the field of IT and health centers. Finally, the environmental scan included a targeted analysis of four practice management systems that cater to the health center market.

NORC at the University of Chicago

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