With funding from the Office of Rural Health Policy, the new search engine is intended to assist with rural HIT education, identify and publicize rural HIT models, provide access to rural HIT information, and help develop tools and processes to support rural physicians with implementing HIT. The new site also encourages greater use of electronic health records in rural hospitals.
Through its contract with the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Rural Health Resource Center receives $500,000 each year "to provide expertise and be a technical arm" so the center can "spread knowledge nationwide," said Terry Hill, executive director of the center. Part of that funding was used to launch the new search engine this year.
Go to www.ruralhit.org to learn more.