Community Health Center Information Systems Assessment: Issues and Opportunities. Final Report. CHC Information Systems


Like other members of the provider community, CHCs face opportunities and challenges related to their approach to accessing, producing, reporting and storing information. As core safety net providers, serving, according to the BPHC, approximately 11.3 million Americans in 2002 and as publicly sponsored centers with ties to the public health infrastructure, CHCs represent critical consumers and producers of health data for patient care and public policy purposes. For these reasons, CHCs play an important role in achieving a National Health Information Infrastructure. As described above, CHCs vary substantially in terms of their size and organizational characteristics. Still, there are shared information systems needs across CHCs and other community-based primary health care centers and many CHCs have made substantial strides in this area.

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