Health IT in Rural Communities
Health IT in Rural Communities Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Residents of rural communities often have limited access to appropriate, high quality care due to distance and a shortage of hospitals, physicians, and medical specialists that serve rural populations. Health information technology (health IT) applications, such as telehealth, electronic medical records (EMRs), and health information exchanges, can help rural communities overcome the unique challenges they face in the provision of health care.
The featured Innovations describe three programs that utilized health information technologies to improve health outcomes in rural areas.
The featured QualityTools provide resources and tools to support planning and implementation of health IT applications in various health care settings.
- Clinicians in Tertiary Hospital Monitor Critical Care Patients in Rural Facilities via Telemedicine, Leading to Reductions in Mortality, Length of Stay, Patient Transfers, and Costs
- Low-Overhead Medical Home Leverages Information Technology To Attract Both Providers and Patients in Underserved Rural Areas
Also in This Issue:
- Internet-Based Interactive Program Helps Time-Pressed, Geographically Constrained Military Personnel Control Weight
- On-Call Attending Physicians Consult with Onsite Care Team via Home-Based Videoconferencing, Improving Care Timeliness, Quality, and Safety in Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
- Culturally Appropriate Education and Social Support Helps Chinese Immigrants With Diabetes Improve Knowledge, Self-Management Confidence, and Blood Glucose Control
- Physician Practice–Based Medical Assistants Have Limited Success in Early, Ongoing Efforts to Engage Diabetes Patients in Self-Management