Health Information Technology Collaboration in Community Health Centers: The Community Partners HealthNet, Inc.

Elizabeth J. Forrestal (East Carolina University, USA), Leigh W. Cellucci (East Carolina University, USA), Xiaoming Zeng (East Carolina University, USA), Michael H. Kennedy (East Carolina University, USA) and Doug Smith (The Community Partners HealthNet, Inc., USA)
Copyright: © 2013 |Pages: 196
EISBN13: 9781466641464|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-2671-3.ch011
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Health-Center-Controlled Networks (HCCNs) are collaborative ventures that provide health information technologies to Community Health Centers (CHCs). Community Partners HealthNet (CPH), Inc. is a HCCN. CPH’s member organizations are non-profit health care organizations that provide primary health care to individuals in medically underserved areas. As non-profits, they must regularly seek grant funding from foundations and state and federal agencies to provide quality, accessible health care. Consequently, initiatives to adopt and implement Health Information Technologies (HIT) require individual CHCs to carefully consider how best to incorporate HIT for improved patient care. This case study describes CPH, discusses the collaboration of six individual CHCs to create CPH, and then explains CPH’s on-going operations.
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