Rural Health News

  • Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI) provides analysis and information on the challenges, needs and opportunities facing rural america
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  • The National Rural Health Association (NRHA)  is the voice of rural health, promoting leadership, communication, education, research, and advocacy since 1978. Some of the latest information available through NRHA include:
  • Rural Hospital Replacement Facility Study – a report that covers the impact of new Critical Access Hospitals (CAH) on local use of services, quality and performance improvement, as well as financial performance.
  • Rural Health Fact Sheets - Rural health information guides, tools, brochures, and fact sheets are now available, free of charge, in downloadable format from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Medicare Learning Network (MLN).
  • “What Did the Doctor Say?:” Improving Health Literacy to Protect Patient Safety - Low health literacy is identified as a patient safety problem. Research documents that patients with impaired health literacy have difficulty comprehending prescription instructions and warnings. A recent Joint Commission report, developed by an expert panel, contains specific recommendations for improving provider–patient communication, in order to overcome the challenge presented by low health literacy.
  • National Healthcare Quality Report 2008 - A comprehensive national overview of the quality of health care in the United States. Includes measures of effectiveness, patient safety, timeliness, and patient centeredness. Organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Date: 3 / 2009
  • Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care - a nonprofit corporation dedicated to the clinical evaluation and improvement of health care in Arkansas.
  • Institute of Medicine - In 1996, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) launched a concerted, ongoing effort focused on assessing and improving the nation's quality of care, which is now in its third phase. 
  • The Institute for Healthcare Improvement - non- for-profit organization leading the improvement of health care throughout the world.  IHI was founded in 1991 and is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  
  • The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations - recently announced the new National Patient Safety Goals. Visit the following web site to find out more. PatientSafetyGoals
  • The Commonwealth Fund - a private foundation that aims to promote a high performing health care system that achieves better access, improved quality, and greater efficiency, particularly for society's most vulnerable, including low-income people, the uninsured, minority Americans, young children, and elderly adults.

Resources for Health Technology Assessment

  • AHRQ National Resource Center for Health Information Technology - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality) Lead Federal agency charged with improving the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care for all Americans. AHRQ supports health services research that will improve the quality of health care and promote evidence-based decision making. Site provides Information on programs that promote the use of health information technology. Central repository for research findings from projects developing, testing, and using health IT applications.
  • California Healthcare Foundation iHealth & Technology - Internet technology is still fairly new and untested in health care, making experimentation, analysis and evaluation critically important. CHCF regularly conducts research and commissions surveys and reports on emerging technology trends and related policy and regulatory issues. Recent publications provided
  • CMS Health Information Technology - (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)) - DHHS currently has a 10-year plan to transform the delivery of health care by building a new health information infrastructure, including electronic health records and a new network to link health records nationwide. CMS seeks to share information on the effectiveness of healthcare technologies that serve to bring effective innovations to patients more rapidly and to help doctors and patients use the treatments we pay for more effectively.
  • DHHS HealthiT Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) - Health information technology (Health IT) allows comprehensive management of medical information and its secure exchange between health care consumers and providers.
  • HRSA Health Information Technology - Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Health Information Technology site promotes the widespread availability and use of digital networks to improve access to health care services for people who are uninsured, isolated or medically vulnerable.
  • Key Topic Guide on Electronic Health Records - (Massachusetts Health Data Consortium (MHDA)) - Focuses on initiatives underway to build electronic health records and a national health information network (NHIN).
  • Rural Health Information Hub - Health information technology (HIT) has great potential to improve the quality, safety, and effectiveness of health services in rural communities, as well as help providers manage population health.
  • Rural Health Research Gateway - Provides access to all of the research and findings of the Office of Rural Health Policy's (ORHP) Rural Health Research and Policy Analysis Centers. Covers current and completed research projects and publications resulting from those projects. Includes information about the research centers and individual researchers.
  • South Carolina Rural Health Research Center -  The Centers study critical issues facing rural communities in their quest to secure adequate, affordable, high quality health services for their residents. This site provides summaries of current and completed research projects and related publications.

Additional Resources

  • Cancer Registry – The Arkansas Central Cancer Registry (ACCR) is a population-based registry whose goal is to collect timely and complete data on all cancer cases diagnosed in the state