Community Health Centers Continue to Embrace EHRs | Healthcare Informatics Magazine | Health IT | Information Technology Skip to content Skip to navigation

Community Health Centers Continue to Embrace EHRs

August 22, 2014
by Rajiv Leventhal
| Reprints

Ninety-six percent of federally-funded health centers have an electronic health record (EHR) in use at some or all sites, and 84.5 percent reported that their providers are receiving meaningful use payments, according to new data from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

Additionally, more than 54 percent of centers achieved recognition as patient centered medical homes (PCMHs). Community health centers are the largest providers of healthcare to underserved individuals in the U.S. and in many communities are at the forefront of health IT innovation, Michael A Wittie of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) and Kerry Souza, an epidemiologist for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, write in a Health IT Buzz blog post that highlighted the findings. “Health centers have long worked to improve the quality and efficiency of the care they provide, and have adopted health IT as a tool to facilitate that improvement,” Wittie and Souza said.
The centers provided care to more than 21.7 million patients (more than 62 percent of whom are racial/ethnic minorities, and almost 35 percent of whom are uninsured) in 2013. Further, health centers are not just using health IT, they are using it as part of clinical transformation, Souza and Wittie write. “Community health centers across the country are also using EHRs to capture and use patient work information to learn more about their patients’ work and health.”
“Even before these data are routinely available in EHRs, health centers will undoubtedly continue to lead the way in bridging occupational health and primary care, and in using EHRs to help meet their patients’ needs,” the blog post says.

Get the latest information on Meaningful Use and attend other valuable sessions at this two-day Summit providing healthcare leaders with educational content, insightful debate and dialogue on the future of healthcare and technology.

Learn More



NewYork-Presbyterian, Walgreens Partner on Telemedicine Initiative

NewYork-Presbyterian and Walgreens are collaborating to bring expanded access to NewYork-Presbyterian’s healthcare through new telemedicine services, the two organizations announced this week.

ONC Releases Patient Demographic Data Quality Framework

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) developed a framework to help health systems, large practices, health information exchanges and payers to improve their patient demographic data quality.

AMIA, Pew Urge Congress to Ensure ONC has Funding to Implement Cures Provisions

The Pew Charitable Trusts and the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) have sent a letter to congressional appropriators urging them to ensure that ONC has adequate funding to implement certain 21st Century Cures Act provisions.

Former Michigan Governor to Serve as Chair of DRIVE Health

Former Michigan Governor John Engler will serve as chair of the DRIVE Health Initiative, a campaign aimed at accelerating the U.S. health system's transition to value-based care.

NJ Medical Group Launches Statewide HIE, OneHealth New Jersey

The Medical Society of New Jersey (MSNJ) recently launched OneHealth New Jersey, a statewide health information exchange (HIE) that is now live.

Survey: 70% of Providers Using Off-Premises Computing for Some Applications

A survey conducted by KLAS Research found that 70 percent of healthcare organizations have moved at least some applications or IT infrastructure off-premises.