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New HIE tool kit targets rural hospitals and clinics

By Joseph Conn
Posted: March 14, 2013 - 2:30 pm ET

Leaders of critical-access hospitals and other rural hospitals and healthcare clinics now have access to a tool kit containing five online guides to help them participate in health information exchange.

The kit, developed by the not-for-profit National Rural Health Resource Center, based in Duluth, Minn., includes an assessment guide detailing what to consider before forming or joining a health information exchange; a spreadsheet to calculate an organization's return-on-investment from HIE; a guide to understanding the federally developed Direct protocol for basic peer-to-peer records exchange; a primer on health information exchange policies; and an overview of privacy and security issues under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 2009.

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Funding for the kit was provided by the federal Office of Rural Health Policy at the Health Resources and Services Administration at HHS.

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