Making the EHR Work: Rural Healthcare Organizations Use Data Extraction to Improve Patient Care

After the national multibillion-dollar investment in health information technology (HIT) over the past decade, rural healthcare organizations are now exploring how electronic health record (EHR) data can deliver on its promise of improving patient care.

In rural Appalachian Kentucky, the White House Clinics (WHCs) stand as an example of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) making their EHR work for them by pairing it with a data analytics software program. Stephanie Moore is CEO of WHCs’ 9 clinics and 255 employees. With 4 dedicated IT staff, she says extracting data is a process, especially when looking at quality measures...

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