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

10/30/2005

Health centers consulted for this study demonstrated substantial progress in the use of health IT to meet important financial, administrative and clinical goals. Although challenges persist, our findings validated initial observations by some thought leaders that health centers represent fertile ground for health IT adoption among ambulatory providers.

The experience captured in this report represents important lessons learned for future investments in health IT among health centers, health center networks and other ambulatory care providers. We attempt to synthesize these lessons learned focusing on key issues relevant to the current policy debate, including support for health center networks and EHR adoption. We also describe areas for future research and analysis.

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