NHIT Collaborative: HIMSS17 Preconference Symposium
Opportunities and Challenges in Using Health Technology to Deliver Quality Healthcare in Rural and Underserved Communities
Delivering quality healthcare to rural and underserved communities presents unique challenges and opportunities for healthcare organizations and the people who they serve. The widespread adoption of EHRs and the emergence of telehealth, registries and other innovative technologies backed by research, provide powerful tools to address health disparities, chronic care, the opioid epidemic and other health and healthcare issues. Recent key healthcare policy changes impact the priorities for the health IT landscape of these communities that have limited financial and human resources. This symposium will detail examples of public and private efforts to use health technology to meet the disparate needs of rural and underserved providers and populations, including veterans.
1) Describe the state of health and healthcare in rural and underserved communities
2) Understand the challenges and opportunities in use of technology to deliver quality healthcare in rural and underserved communities
3) Provide examples of programs, initiatives and efforts to use technology to address health and healthcare challenges
National Health IT Collaborative for the Underserved (NHIT) has been bringing together stakeholders in the public, private and community sectors around the topic of investment in health IT solutions for underserved communities since 2008. NHIT Collaborative works towards elimination of health disparities and attainment of optimal health for underserved communities through HIT advances. NHIT supports engagement in HIT planning, adoption and use; consumer/provider outreach/education; workforce development; policy analysis/assessment; and research and evaluation.
HIMSS is a global voice, advisor, convener, and thought leader of health transformation through the best use of IT with a unique breadth and depth of expertise and capabilities to improve the quality, safety, and cost-effectiveness of health and healthcare. Through its network of over 1 million professionals, including 64,000-plus members, HIMSS advises leaders, stakeholders and influencers globally on IT best practices to ensure decision-makers have the right information at the right time to make the right decisions. A not-for-profit headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, HIMSS has additional offices in North America, Europe, United Kingdom, and Asia.
Tens of millions of Americans receive quality, affordable health care and other services through HRSA's 90-plus programs and more than 3,000 grantees. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for improving health and achieving health equity through access to quality services, a skilled health workforce and innovative programs. HRSA's programs provide health care to people who are geographically isolated, economically or medically vulnerable.
Alliance of Chicago
While an important characteristic of Community Health Centers is their strong individual community identification and governance, they are subject to the same forces that have driven the development of large health care systems. Recognizing the opportunities for groups of safety net organizations who could choose to cooperate rather than compete, the Bureau of Primary Health Care established the Integrated Service Networks Initiative (ISDI) in 1994. The Alliance was founded to realize this strategy.