Blumenthal calls for early focus on rural providers

04/25/2010 | Government Health IT magazine

Dr. David Blumenthal, national coordinator of health information technology, said health IT extension centers should have an early focus on rural physician practices and that "beacon communities" will serve as a channel for supplying those practices with better access to broadband services. Blumenthal said, "We're hoping there will be a rural community of practice formed as part of [the health IT extension center] process."

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