Health Center Controlled Networks

Overview

Health Center Controlled Networks (HCCNs) are uniquely positioned to help health centers improve quality of care and patient safety by using health information technology (HIT) to reduce costs and improve care coordination. They provide specialized training and technical assistance (T/TA) 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 HIT National Training and Technical Assistance Partner (HITEQ NTTAP) HRSA BPHC exit disclaimer award recipients, and other NTTAPs to accelerate adoption of electronic health records (EHR) and HIT. Recent efforts have helped health centers adopt integrated care models and use HIT for patient engagement. HIT can be instrumental to achieving value-based care.

Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) Offered

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

  • Increase patients’ access to their personal health data;
  • Improve patients’ engagement with their health care team;
  • Improve HIT 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.

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Date Last Reviewed:  June 2020