Health Care Innovations for Rural Populations
Health Care Innovations for Rural Populations Wednesday, December 16, 2015
This issue of the Innovations Exchange is the third in our monthly series focused on health care disparities experienced by racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups and specific priority populations in the U.S.
Each year since 2003, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has produced the National Healthcare Quality Report and the National Healthcare Disparities Report. Beginning with the 2014 reports, findings on health care quality and health care disparities are integrated into a single document. The 2014 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report (QDR) provides a comprehensive overview of the quality of care received by the general U.S. population and health care disparities. Detailed information on individual measures and specific populations is available through a new monthly series of chartbooks.
In August 2015, AHRQ released the Chartbook on Rural Health Care, which includes a summary of trends across measures of rural health care from the QDR and figures illustrating select measures.
The Innovations Exchange collection contains many Innovation Profiles and QualityTools related to improving health care quality and access for rural populations. This issue features a selection of content that can help address disparities in rural health care, covering topics such as mobile clinics and outreach services, telehealth and remote monitoring, information technology, and rural behavioral health care.
- Rural Practice Redesigns Care Processes To Allow Multidisciplinary Teams To Leverage Electronic Health Record, Leading to Better Screening of Medically Underserved
- Field-Based Outreach Workers Facilitate Access to Health Care and Social Services for Underserved Individuals in Rural Areas
- Statewide Partnership Provides Mental Health Assessments via Telemedicine to Patients in Rural Emergency Departments, Reducing Wait Times, Hospitalizations, and Costs
- Outreach Workers Connect Low-Income Individuals Living in Rural Areas to Home- and Community-Based Services, Reducing Costs and Nursing Home Placements
- Low-Overhead Medical Home Leverages Information Technology To Attract Both Providers and Patients in Underserved Rural Areas
- Multidisciplinary Team Brings Palliative Care to Rural Patients, Leading to Improved Symptom Management and High Levels of Satisfaction
- 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
- Videoconferencing Enhances Access to Psychiatric Care for Children and Adults With Mental Illness in Rural Settings
- Statewide Telehealth Program Enhances Access to Care, Improves Outcomes for High-Risk Pregnancies in Rural Areas
- Foundation Supports Rural Stakeholders in Promoting Better Eating and Physical Activity, Leading to Anecdotal Reports of Improved Behaviors and Outcomes
- Formalized Communication Between Rural Home Health Agency Nurses and Physicians Leads to Increased Use of Home Health Services, Fewer Inpatient Admissions
- Mobile Clinics Increase Access to Screening Services in Rural and Frontier Communities
- Chartbook on Rural Health Care
- Rural Information Center: Rural Health
- National Rural Health Resource Center: Health Information Exchange Toolkit
- Telehealth Technology Assessment Center Toolkits
- Rural Health Information Hub: Tools for Success
- Suicide Prevention Toolkit for Rural Primary Care
- National Center for Farmworker Health
- Rural Veteran Outreach Toolkit
- Rural Health IT Adoption Toolbox