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Workforce

Health centers, Ryan White clinics, critical access hospitals and other safety net health care providers need a skilled health IT workforce to support the adoption and meaningful use of electronic health records. 

Resources for Safety Net Providers

Workforce Development Programs (HealthIT.gov)

On-Demand Webinars

Using an Electronic Health Record to Create Patient Problem Lists
How safety net primary care providers can meaningfully use electronic health records (EHR) to create and maintain patient problem lists. Presenters demonstrate how patient problem lists are created and maintained by EHRs and share their strategies on how providers can use them for quality improvement and patient engagement.  Staff from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services also discuss the importance of patient problem lists in achieving Stage 1 and 2 of Meaningful Use.
Recorded 05/17/2013

Using an EHR and Quality Data to Improve Hypertension
How safety net providers can utilize health information technology (HIT) to improve health outcomes in patients with hypertension. Hypertension is a significant risk factor that contributes to major health complications, including cardiovascular disease, a leading cause of death in the United States. Hypertension control is a core clinical quality measure in the Meaningful Use incentive program and also a priority within the National Quality Strategy, Healthy People 2020, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ “Million Hearts” campaign. Presenters for this webinar are safety net providers from rural inpatient and community health center settings, who will share their best practices for helping patients control their hypertension.
Recorded 02/22/2013

Meaningfully Using Computerized Order Entry: Experience from Two Safety Net Providers 
How inpatient and ambulatory safety net providers can meaningfully use computerized physician order entry (CPOE) systems. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) defines CPOE as “the provider’s use of computer assistance to directly enter medication orders from a computer or mobile device. The order is also documented or captured in a digital, structured, and computable format for use in improving safety and organization.” CPOE, a mandatory core measure for meaningful use for the CMS Electronic Health Record Incentive Program, can provide many benefits and challenges to safety net providers. These include increased patient safety, accurate communication between healthcare providers, and greater capturing of services for billing. Presenters discuss how they successfully implemented CPOE in their provider settings and how they overcame CPOE challenges in order to reap its benefits.
Recorded 12/14/2012

Patient Charting and Documentation: Using and EHR for Nurses and Allied Health Professionals
How nurses and allied health professionals use electronic health records (EHR) for patient charting documentation. These individuals are usually the first clinicians that patients encounter to assess their healthcare needs and concerns. This assessment often includes documenting patient data into an electronic health record and chart to provide the patient’s care team with accurate information to help identify treatment options. As health centers, critical access hospitals, and rural health clinics increasingly become meaningful users of health information technology, it is critical to train, support, and fully integrate nurses into system and clinical transformations. Presenters include two nurses who will share their experiences from a health center and primary care perspective, as well as from that of a rural provider viewpoint.
Recorded 11/16/2012

Privacy and Security Training Game Demo and Program Update for Safety Net Providers 
An interactive training tool from the Office of National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) Privacy and Security Group on the “do’s and don’ts” of privacy and security issues regarding health IT. This tool can be used to help fulfill a safety net provider’s HIPAA privacy training requirements. ONC provides a privacy and security update on recent program changes and how they affect safety net providers. 
Recorded 09/14/2012

Webinars

None scheduled at this time.