Health Information Technology and FQHC Access for Disadvantaged Patients

HCAN encourages Nebraska’s Federally Qualified Community Health Centers’ (FQHCs) efforts to provide the highest quality of care to all who need their comprehensive health and wellness services.

Health Information Technology (HIT) & Collaborations

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, and
  • Quality improvement data aggregation and reporting

FQHCs & 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).

Wide River 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.

NACHC HIT Webinars are available on a variety of HIT and Practice Management systems in FQHCs.

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 Networking

The Nebraska HIMSS Chapter was formed to provide informational outreach to the healthcare IT workers in the state of Nebraska. It has over 200 members and growing.

CIMRO of Nebraska, Nebraska’s Quality Improvement Organization, has implemented a new approach to quality improvement which involves Learning and Action Networks (LANs). They established a Health Information Technology (HIT) LAN:  Improving Healthcare Through HIT LAN, a collaborative effort between CIMRO of Nebraska and Wide River TEC, helps to expand knowledge of the use of Electronic Health Record (EHR) software to improve quality of care.

HIT Team Mentoring

Quality Improvement and Data Reporting

HRSA Health IT and Quality Webinars: Health IT “toolboxes” and webinars provide basic overviews and training.

Uniform Data Systems (UDS) Annual Training: The Region 7 Primary Care Associations meet each November for UDS training in Kansas City.

Assistive Technology

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.

Disability Resources are available to author documents for persons who are visually impaired to meet the Section 508 Standard. A free online PDF Speech Reader is downloadable.   For persons who have hearing impairments, there are Video Remote Interpreting Services companies that help with access and equipment.  There are NSTEP equipment grants, supporting a variety of communications systems.