Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) are extremely important to the communities they serve. Patients rely on these LOCAL organizations for their health and well-being. The convenience and value of having a community-based organization close by is immeasurable. Patients having to drive hours for care is inefficient and ineffective, but moreover, a patient safety issue in an emergency.
RHC’s and CAH’s struggle to afford and keep up on the latest technologies and trends to protect sensitive patient and personnel records. We do the best we can with what we can afford and with limited staff availability and skill sets. The goal of this presentation is to show how Yuma Hospital has had to get creative about protecting PHI on a shoe-string budget, but moreover bring advocacy and a voice to rural, independent organizations longing to obtain these systems to protect PHI, that are “top-of-the-line” and unattainable.
Director of Information Services & Information Security
Yuma District Hospital & Clinics