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Prog Community Health Partnersh. 2007 Spring;1(1):83-8. doi: 10.1353/cpr.0.0001.

Using information technology to improve health quality and safety in community health centers.

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Institute for Urban Family Health, New York, NY, USA.

Abstract

PROBLEM:

Community health centers (CHCs) face a unique set of challenges and can learn much from each other as they prepare for the adoption of health information technology (HIT).

PURPOSE:

This paper presents a research agenda aimed at providing information CHCs will need to successfully implement HIT.

KEY POINTS:

Community health centers must be able to evaluate whether an investment in HIT is the best way to achieve improvements in health outcomes for their communities given the limited resources and high demands they face. Community health centers need better information to guide them in selecting and implementing information technology that will result in improved health quality and safety. Guidance in optimal use of the system, particularly in the effective use of data made available through electronic health records, is needed to realize health care goals. Community health centers need to be active participants in HIT developments in their communities to ensure that their patients benefit from technological advancements that improve health care.

KEYWORDS:

community health centers; electronic health records; health care quality; health care safety; health information technology

PMID:
19966923
PMCID:
PMC2788767
DOI:
10.1353/cpr.0.0001
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article

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