Health Information Technology (HIT) and Access for Disadvantaged Patients
In order to support best practices for patients, HCAN connects with organizations that help with the adoption of Electronic Health Records and data reporting. These partners provide:
- Training and education programs
- Formal and informal networking opportunities
- Team mentoring
- Quality improvement data aggregation and reporting
HIT Training Collaborations
Heartland Community Health Network, based out of One World Community Health Centers, is the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) funded Health Center Computer Network (HCCN) entity for Nebraska FQHCs. Heartland serves as HIT team mentors, and they also work with community behavioral health centers who are adopting the Electronic Behavioral Health Information Network (eBHIN).
Sterling Computers is actively going on-site to assist Nebraska’s primary care providers with on-boarding and reporting for “Meaningful Use” of Electronic Health Records. They help to ensure smooth functioning of all types of medical record software and data reporting. They also support a Blog for your questions.
MedlinePlus Connect is a patient portal interface option that was formally launched by the National Library of Medicine, part of the National Institutes of Health. The free service allows health organizations and health information technology providers to link patient portals and electronic health record systems to MedlinePlus.gov to explore health conditions. Medlineplus.gov also has videos to refresh financial staff on anatomy, which will help them prepare for the ICD-10 conversion for coding diagnosis, procedures, and medical supplies.
HIT Team Mentoring
Quality Improvement and Data Reporting
Uniform Data Systems (UDS) Annual Training: The Region 7 Primary Care Associations meet each November for UDS training in Kansas City.
NEtelehealth assists with medical professional specialist access in rural FQHC locations. The program is supported through the Nebraska Statewide Tele-health Network (NSTN), which is in collaboration with the UNMC medical education program.