This evaluation establishes a baseline to ascertain where grantees are in their preparations to meet meaningful use requirements and to identify what types of technical assistance may be most beneficial to grantees as they begin their programs. The first step is a review of grant proposals to develop profiles of each of the grantees. NORC will develop an interview protocol based on the information gathered in the profiles and grant guidance and conduct telephone interviews with eight grantees.
NORC also anticipates conducting two site visits to grantees that have mature networks and are the most advanced in their development of health IT networks particularly with health information exchange. Information gleaned from these site visits will help identify best/promising practices and lessons learned that can be shared with all health IT Network grantees, technical assistance providers, and Office of Rural Health Policy program officers.
This project was conducted as part of the Rural Health Outreach Tracking and Evaluation Program