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Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Project

HITECH (Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act) was created to improve American health care delivery and patient care through the use of health information technology by providing assistance and technical support to healthcare providers by providing a workforce that is properly trained and equipped so they can be meaningful users of Electronic Health Records (EHRs). Read more...

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Invitation

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region (NN/LM MCR) invites HITECH Programs to increase awareness, skills, and use of National Library of Medicine (NLM), specifically MedlinePlus Connect, a free NLM service. MedlinePlus Connect links to MedlinePlus, an authoritative up-to-date health information resource for patients, families, and health care providers.

The NN/LM MCR would like to meet with personnel from the following HITECH Programs located in Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Utah, and Wyoming:

Primary Audiences

The primary audience the NN/LM MCR would like to work with are:

  • Regional Extension Centers (REC) personnel involved in:
    • Health People 2020 - Health Communication and Health Information Technology and those facilitating the meaningful use criteria
    • Patient information modules of Electronic Health Records (EHRs)
  • Community College Consortia (CCC) Health Information Technology (HIT) Educators involved in developing HIT curricula addressing the integration of EHR Tools for;
    • Clinical-decision support
    • Patient portals and electronic health records
  • EMR Vendors

NN/LM MCR Resources and Services

Below is a list of resources and services the NN/LM MCR has identified as being helpful to HITECH projects.

  • For RECs
    • Introduction to MedlinePlus Connect and information on how to get started (In person or via webinars)
    • Overview or in depth training on MedlinePlus (In person or via webinars)
    • Consultant or contributing member to REC Advisory Boards or Committees
    • Free promotional materials for MedlinePlus, MedlinePlus Connect and other NLM resources. Bulk orders are okay.
  • For CCC HIT
    • Introduction to MedlinePlus Connect and information on how to get started (In person or via webinars)
    • Overview or in depth training on MedlinePlus (In person or via webinars)
    • Assistance with integrating NLM resources into HIT curriculum
    • Free promotional materials for MedlinePlus, MedlinePlus Connect and other NLM resources. Bulk orders are okay.
  • For EMR Vendors
    • Introduction to MedlinePlus Connect and information on how to get started (In person or via webinars)
    • Overview or in depth training on MedlinePlus (In person or webinars)
    • Free promotional materials for MedlinePlus, MedlinePlus Connect and other NLM resources. Bulk orders are okay.

Enhance Your Project with a Librarian

Library professionals have a key role to play in supporting HITECH projects. They possess many skills that would benefit a HITECH project. These talented specialists have the ability to find creative solutions to address issues impacting meaningful use, both now and for the future. Librarians have expertise in the support of: clinical decisions procedures; evidence based practices; and knowledge integration. Librarians can also contribute to solving future needs, such as: paperless clinical data; standardizations; privacy and security policies; and access to personal health information. Read more from C.P Friedman...

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Introduction to Regional Extension Centers and Community College Consortia

Regional Extension Centers

The RECs support and serve health care providers to help them quickly become adept and meaningful users of electronic health records (EHRs). RECs are designed to assist primary care clinicians get the help they need to adopt EHRs. The goal of the program is to provide outreach and support services to at least 100,000 priority primary care providers within two years. Funding for RECs ends mid 2013. Read more...

RECs focus on:

  • Providing training and support services to assist doctors and other providers in adopting EHRs
  • Offer information and guidance to help with EHR implementation
  • Give technical assistance as needed

REC Locations in MCR

Community College Consortia

Providers will need an increased workforce of skilled health IT specialists as they transition to electronic health records (EHRs). To address this need, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) created the Community College Consortia to Educate Health IT Professionals in Health Care Programs, which is a part of the ONC's Health IT Workforce Development Program.

The member community colleges received funding (expires March 31, 2012. 1 year extension can be requested) to rapidly create Health IT academic programs or expand existing health IT training programs that can be completed in six months or less.

The programs are designed for professionals with an IT or health care background and focus on training students for the following professional roles:

  • Practice workflow and information management redesign specialists
  • Clinician/practitioner consultants
  • Implementation support specialists
  • Implementation managers
  • Technical/software support
  • Trainers

HIT Curriculum Available to the Public

HIT Curriculum has been made available to the public by five U.S. Universities: Oregon Health and Science University; University of Alabama at Birmingham; Johns Hopkins University; Columbia University; Duke University. This is available at www.onc-ntdc.org

Consortia Locations in MCR

The Community College Consortia Program includes five regional groups - A, B, C, D, and E with 82 member community colleges representing all 50 states.

The MCR has Consortia programs found in regions - A and C with 5 member community colleges representing 5 states in the MCR:

Contact: Health Information Technology Project Coordinator

For more assistance, please contact Technology Coordinators, John Bramble (john.bramble@utah.edu) or Rachel Vukas (rvukas@kumc.edu).