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How Digital Tools Help FQHCs Close Care Gaps

Analysis  |  By Marie DeFreitas  
   February 16, 2024

Federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) are using digital health tools to improve patient experience and care coordination.

 FQHCs, RHCs (rural health centers) and CHCs (community health clinics) serve millions of Americans as their sole form of healthcare access. Through Telehealth and digital health tools, providers are addressing care issues that typically end up creating higher costs and poorer patient outcomes. The tech is ultimately helping providers improve chronic care management and address social determinants of health.

For example, the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers, which serves 52 CHCs, 300 sites and 1 million patients, is using an RSA grant to implement a technology that keeps track of when and where patients receive care. The platform, developed by Bamboo Health, sends real-time notifications to care teams when a patient visits another provider outside of the system. This then enables the care team to access admission, discharge and data transfers. 

Read the full impact of these digital tools covered by Eric Wicklund.

Marie DeFreitas is the finance editor for HealthLeaders.

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