Health Center Controlled Networks

Overview

HCCNs are uniquely positioned to help health centers improve quality of care and patient safety by using health information technology to cut costs and improve care coordination. They provide specialized training and technical assistance to take advantage of economies of scale, including:

  • Group purchasing power
  • Shared  training
  • Data analytics to support quality measurement and improvement

The networks work with State and Regional Primary Care Associations (PCAs) and HRSA’s Health IT National Cooperative Agreement (HITEQ NCA) HRSA BPHC exit disclaimer award recipients, and other NCAs.  They have helped to accelerate adoption of electronic health records (EHR), and 99 percent of health centers now use electronic records.  Recent efforts have helped health centers adopt integrated care models and use health IT for patient engagement. Specifically, participating health centers are 27 percent more likely to have Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) recognition and 20 percent more likely to use health IT for patient engagement than health centers that do not participate. Health IT can be instrumental to achieving value-based care.

Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) Offered

The networks help health centers (at no charge) to:

  • Increase patients’ access to their personal health data;
  • Improve patients’ engagement with their health care team;
  • Improve health IT usability to minimize provider burden;
  • Run security risk assessments and develop risk reduction strategies;
  • Increase the use of national standards to share patient information securely with key partners;
  • Use both clinical and non-clinical data to improve and coordinate care;
  • Improve analytics capacity to support value-based care activities; and
  • Use social determinants of health to improve both population and patient health.

Additional Tools

Date Last Reviewed:  September 2018