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What are the benefits of a Health Center Controlled Network?

The benefits of a health center controlled network (HCCN) stem from the coordination of efforts. Individual organizations working in a collaborative environment can pool available resources to find the necessary expertise to manage and direct large projects, such as a health IT implementation. In addition, organizations can share specialized employees thus reducing personnel costs for individual providers. Collaboration also gives providers the opportunity to learn from and support each other through the successes and failure of the health information technology implementation process. Moreover, by engaging multiple providers, the collaborative process can promote community acceptance and foster a sense of purpose and progress towards achieving a common goal.

Additional financial incentives exist for collaboration. Federal programs favor collaborative efforts in making grant decisions. Thus, organizations and communities that work together have greater opportunities for receiving funding.


  • Community Health Center Information Systems Assessment: Issues and Opportunities go to exit disclaimer - Developed by the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago (NORC) for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), this report assesses the experiences of certain health centers and health center networks implementing IT programs, and describes the challenges faced by both health centers and health center networks in adopting IT, achieving gains from the use of IT, and sustaining those gains over time. (2005)
Developed by the Health Resources and Services Administration as a resource for health centers and other safety net and ambulatory care providers who are seeking to implement health IT.
Health Information Technology Toolboxes help health centers, safety net providers, and ambulatory care providers with electronic and online resources and technical assistance to improve patient care.  More>
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