Health Information Technology (HIT) has the potential to significantly improve care delivery, especially in rural, or other underserved areas. A new case study published by The Commonwealth Fund examines the work of the Colorado Beacon Consortium, part of the federally-funded Beacon Community Program: "The Colorado Beacon Consortium: Strengthening the Capacity for Health Care Delivery Transformation in Rural Communities."
The consortium sponsors a learning collaborative and coaching for 51 primary care practices in seven predominantly rural Colorado counties, helping them to build capacity for using electronic health records and analytic tools and for engaging in team-based quality measurement and improvement.
The authors report that early results from the work in Colorado indicate increased provision of preventive and chronic care, improved workflow and teamwork in physician practices, and enhanced capability to prepare for health care delivery and payment reforms.
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