The White House announced that HHS and the Agriculture Department will sign an agreement to connect rural hospitals and clinicians to existing capital-loan programs to make it easier for them to buy software and hardware for implementing health information technology.
White House rural-jobs plan looks to offer health IT boost
Rural providers often face capital and workforce challenges that can serve as a barrier to health IT adoption, the White House news release noted. A recently published article in the Journal of Rural Health found relatively low levels of electronic health-record system use among rural providers.
The plans are part of a larger rural-jobs initiative that President Barack Obama was slated to introduce Tuesday at the White House Rural Economic Forum. According to the White House, the initiative also includes plans to expand eligibility for the National Health Service Corps loan-repayment program so that critical-access hospitals can more easily recruit new physicians.
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