Friday, December 14, 2012

HRSA Announces Telehealth Network Grant Program

The Health Resources & Services Administration released its Funding Opportunity Announcement for the Telehealth Network Grant Program. The primary objective of the program is to demonstrate how telehealth programs and networks can improve access to quality health care services in rural, frontier, and underserved communities. Successful telehealth networks are used to: (a) expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of health care services; (b) improve and expand the training of health care providers; and/or (c) expand and improve the quality of health information available to health care providers, and patients and their families, for decision-making. To further elaborate on the program’s statutory requirements noted above, applicants are encouraged to develop innovative applications that meet new and emerging needs in a changing health care delivery system with a focus on value and improved health care outcomes. Proposals must be submitted by February 13, 2013Click here for more information on the program.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Small Health Care Provider Quality Improvement Grant Program

(Credit: Craig Parylo)
The Health Resources and Services Administration is soliciting applications for the Small Health Care Provider Quality Improvement Grant Program. The purpose of the Small Health Care Provider Quality Improvement Grant (Rural Quality) Program is to provide support to rural primary care providers for implementation of quality improvement activities. The ultimate goal of the program is to promote the development of an evidence-based culture and delivery of coordinated care in the primary care setting. Additional objectives of the program include: improved health outcomes for patients; enhanced chronic disease management; and better engagement of patients and their caregivers. Organizations participating in the program are required to utilize an evidence-based quality improvement model, perform tests of change focused on improvement, and use health information technology (HIT) to collect and report data. HIT may include an electronic patient registry (EPR) or an electronic health record (EHR), and is a critical component for improving quality and patient outcomes. The deadline for submitting an application is January 30, 2013. More information about the program can be found on the website.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

The Digital Divide: How Connected are Rural Communities in Oklahoma?

From the December 2012 edition of the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association's Oklahoma D.O., Jeff Hackler, J.D., M.B.A. and Denna Wheeler, Ph.D. examine the availability and adoption of broadband access in rural Oklahoma, including the Internet upload and download speeds of several rural hospitals in Oklahoma.