A new online toolkit will serve as a pilot program for providing health information technology (HIT) resources to rural health care providers. The toolkit was developed by the Rural Assistance Center and the National Rural Health Resource Center and is designed to help rural providers find resources for HIT, electronic health records (EHR), meaningful use and related topics.
The toolkit provides guidance with planning, setup, implementaiton and operation of a HIT infrastructure, as well as, information on training programs, funding support and management expertise. Using the toolkit, rural communities will be able to:
- Address challenges in finding capital funding
- Provide support to community colleges to enhance training programs
- Stay informed about legislation affecting EHRs
- Leverage multiple federal resources for project development
Terry Hill, executive director of the National Rural Health Resource Center, emphasizes, “A lot of rural providers need guidance on putting an HIT system in place. This toolkit gives them a starting point and can help them get through the entire implementation process.”