Publication Date: June 2nd, 2009
Publication Type(s): Policy Brief
Topic(s): Rural Statistics and Demographics
Author(s): Moscovice, I., Casey, M.
Health information technology (HIT) is a key component of plans to reform the health care system. HIT adoption among smaller rural providers has lagged behind larger urban providers, and the vast majority of research on HIT has focused on its adoption and impact in urban institutions. This brief summarizes the implementation status of key HIT applications in Critical Access Hospitals and other rural hospitals, and discusses policies for encouraging HIT adoption in rural hospitals.