242037 Assessing health information technology (HIT) capabilities among publicly funded family planning agencies

Wednesday, November 2, 2011: 10:30 AM

Jennifer J. Frost, DrPH , Guttmacher Institute, New York, NY
Jenna Jerman, MPH , Guttmacher Institute, New York, NY
Publicly funded family planning providers provide critically important sexual and reproductive health services to millions of poor and low-income women each year. Given recent developments around health care reform, it is likely that in order to continue to provide quality, affordable care, these providers will need to implement a variety of new Health Information Technologies (HIT), including use of Electronic Health Records (EHR). However, little is known about the current HIT capabilities and experiences of family planning providers, including their ability to be able to access the funds and incentives available through the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act). To remedy this information gap, we are conducting an assessment of the actual and planned HIT capabilities and anticipated barriers among a nationally representative sample of 950 publicly funded family planning agencies. The sample is stratified by agency type, Title X status, and metropolitan/non-metropolitan location. Fieldwork began in December 2010 and will be completed in March 2011. Our presentation will include key findings regarding family planning agencies' current HIT use and plans for future use, their eligibility for financial incentives, and their actual and anticipated receipt of financial support for HIT. We will also address reported challenges and barriers to HIT implementation and assess training and technical assistance needs. Comparisons will be made among agencies according to facility type, Title X status and metropolitan location. Finally, our assessment will provide program and policy recommendations for facilitating implementation of HIT solutions among publicly funded family planning agencies.

Learning Areas:
Communication and informatics
Public health administration or related administration
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Public health or related public policy
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
1. Identify barriers to implementation of health information technology systems for family planning agencies 2. Assess actual and planned HIT capabilities for family planning providers 3. Compare current use and preparedness to implement HIT among Title X and non-Title providers, and various types of family planning agencies.

Keywords: Family Planning, Health Information Systems

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to present because I helped in the design and implementation of the study and survey and am analyzing the data and drafting the study results.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.