Rural emergency departments tend to lag behind their urban counterparts when it comes to computerized provider order entry. But the problem goes beyond a simple lack of funding. These EDs need help selecting and implementing health information technology tools.
Participants in one rural health information exchange spend approximately 2% of their budget on health IT infrastructure compared to the national average of 3% or more, a report from the National eHealth Collaborative says.
As political power players in Washington continue to bicker and wrangle over the country's debt ceiling crisis, rural healthcare providers are up in arms over $16 billion in proposed cuts to rural hospitals and frontier America.
An Illinois medical group is spearheading an effort to correct a legislative oversight that could spell big trouble for the country's thousands of rural health clinics that bill the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Citing double-digit reductions in overall hospital mortality, critical care mortality, length of stay in the ICU, and reductions in length of stay for ICU patients' entire hospital visit, Banner Health extends its remote monitoring and telemedicine capabilities to rural...