National Rural HIT Coalition

The National Rural Health Information Technology (HIT) Coalition is an informal network of rural and HIT leaders from organizations at every level, working together to drive knowledge and information about rural HIT throughout the country.

The purpose of the Rural HIT Coalition is to:

  • Educate key rural health stakeholders including state Flex Programs, and state offices of rural health about rural HIT issues and resources.
  • Provide a forum for discussion of issues relevant to critical access hospitals, rural health clinics, and other rural health providers and communities.
  • Convene federal, national, and state organizations and agencies to share rural successes, opportunities, and perspectives.

The National Rural HIT Coalition is supported by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) and coordinated by the Technical Assistance and Services Center (TASC), a program of the National Rural Health Resource Center.

The National Rural HIT Coalition meets by conference call and annually in-person. For more information about getting involved with the National Rural HIT Coalition, please email tasc@ruralcenter.org.

Past Events

Past Rural HIT Coalition

Public Health Infrastructure Modernization

August 29, 2022

Describe the policy and technical barriers facing robust public health data sharing. Recognize recent state and federal efforts to overcome the public health information silos that exist. Identify how Flex Programs can better access critical public health information, particularly in their population health efforts.

Past Rural HIT Coalition

Rural Population Health Information Initiatives

April 5, 2022

Identified available data sources that could be compiled to create an understanding of the health status of a population. Described how a rural hospital might utilize the data to inform and implement population health activities. Recognized the value of population health information initiatives and how Flex Programs can support them.

Past Rural HIT Coalition

Rural Health Information Exchange

February 3, 2022

Recognize health information exchange (HIE) and information blocking concepts. Understand the health information exchange direction of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT for rural hospitals and clinics. Discover initiatives shared from a rural Regional Health Information Organization. Explain how state Flex Programs could support rural health information exchange efforts.

Past Rural HIT Coalition

Artificial Intelligence in Rural Health Care

December 7, 2021

Define artificial intelligence and its relevance to health care. Discuss the application of it and machine learning to rural health care. Explain how to support Flex Programs in creating an awareness of artificial intelligence for their CAHs and RHCs.

Past Rural HIT Coalition

Cybersecurity

October 26, 2021

Explain why health care is targeted by cyberattacks, who the attackers are, and the potential implications. Recognize the top cyber threats to health care organizations such as critical access hospitals (CAHs) and rural health clinics (RHCs). Discuss how health care organizations can practice preparedness and what to do in case of a cyberattack.

Past Rural HIT Coalition

August National Rural HIT Coalition

August 31, 2021

This call will include an update on state and federal HIT legislation and regulations as well as topics to be determined for discussion.

Past Rural HIT Coalition

Quality and Effectiveness of Telehealth

June 17, 2021

View the playback from the National Rural HIT Coalition meeting with state and federal updates. Discussions included the quality and effectiveness of telehealth.

Past Rural HIT Coalition

Information Integration Efforts in Rural and Rural Tele-Mental Health

February 19, 2021

View a summary from the National Rural HIT Coalition meeting with state and federal updates. Discussion topics included HIT updates related to telehealth, COVID-19, infrastructure/ broadband, information integration efforts in rural, and rural tele-mental health initiatives.

Past Rural HIT Coalition

COVID-19 HIT Updates

April 30, 2020

View a summary from the National Rural HIT Coalition meeting with state and federal updates. Discussion topics included COVID-19 HIT updates related to telehealth, the FCC Connected Care Pilot and Rural Health Care programs, and cybersecurity.

Past Rural HIT Coalition

Universal Services Administration Company Reforms, HIT-Led Approaches to the Rural Community Opioid Crisis, and Implications of the Cyber-Security Crisis for Rural

February 11, 2020

View a summary from the National Rural HIT Coalition in-person meeting with state and federal updates. Discussion topics included Universal Services Administration Company (USAC) reforms, HIT-led approaches to the rural community opioid crisis, and implications of the cyber-security crisis for rural.

Past Rural HIT Coalition

Schools, Health, and Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition, Bipartisan Policy Center Rural Health Task Force, and the Praxis Center for Innovative Learning, Rural Healthcare Simulation Training Center

June 25, 2019

View a summary from the National Rural HIT Coalition meeting with state and federal updates. Discussion topics included updates from the Schools, Health, and Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition, Bipartisan Policy Center Rural Health Task Force, and the Praxis Center for Innovative Learning -Rural Healthcare Simulation Training Center, and cybersecurity.

Past Rural HIT Coalition

Rural Veteran's Issues and Interoperability

February 3, 2016

View a summary from a National Rural HIT Coalition conference call with state and federal updates. Discussion topics included rural veteran's issues and interoperability.

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This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB1RH24206, Information Services to Rural Hospital Flexibility Program Grantees, $1,560,000 (0% financed with nongovernmental sources). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.