The Role of Practice Facilitators in Meeting the HIT Needs of Rural Practices

Presenters: Ann Lefebvre, MSW, CPHQ | Mary McCaskill | Kristin Reiter, PhD | Jason Mose, MS, MBA, CHFP | Erin Fraher, PhD, MPP | Warren Newton, MD, MPH

Topics: Primary Care

Research Center: Carolina Health Workforce Research Center

January 2, 2017

There is a distinct need for a flexible ambulatory care workforce that possesses core clinical and practice management competencies, but is also nimble in its ability to adapt to new innovations. This requires programs that can facilitate continuous learning of new skill sets needed to keep pace with emerging federal and state policies that are shaping healthcare and the health care workforce of the future.

This research brief assesses the role practice facilitators have played in helping rural practices adopt health information technology (HIT) systems such as electronic medical records (EMR).

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