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.

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