Through site visits, this project examined the experiences of ten federally funded networks of health centers in their adoption of health information technology. Topics addressed include: associated challenges and opportunities, perceived costs and benefits, care quality and efficiency applications, the nature of support and technical assistance needed at various stages of implementation and the role networks play in implementation.
Networks have been key in facilitating health information technology (HIT) adoption, but even with network support the task is difficult for the following reasons: 1) using HIT for quality improvement takes time and may not be the most direct route to improved quality; 2) some, but not all, network functions can be provided to members in diverse geographic locations; 3) networks are involved in data exchange and integration but not as Health Information Organizations; and, 4) technical support needed for implementation to address meaningful use is substantial and varies according to stage of electronic health record implementation. Support may be needed in planning and vendor selection, prior to and during implementation, for training, and, significantly, post-implementation to better assure full use of system potential.
Report Title: Assessment of Health IT and Data Exchange in Safety Net Providers http://aspe.hhs.gov/sp/reports/2010/chcit2010/report.pdf
Agency Sponsor: OASPE-OHP, Office of Health Policy
Federal Contact: Caroline Taplin, 202-690-7906
Record ID: 9635 (Report issued January 1, 2010)