Table 3

Factors associated with higher HIT capacity at the FQHCs (n=776)
HIT capacity
OR LCL UCL p-value
Receipt of discharge summaries Usual/Often 1.46 1.26 1.70 <0.0001
Some/Rarely/Never [ref]
Patient Reminders Usual/Often 1.65 1.41 1.93 <0.0001
Some/Rarely/Never [ref]
Getting timely appointment -specialty care Easy/somewhat difficult 1.33 1.14 1.56 0.0004
Very Difficult [ref]
Incentive for patient satisfaction Yes 1.47 1.22 1.76 <0.0001
No [ref]
HRSA Disparity Coordination Yes 1.14 0.88 1.48 0.3093
No
Overall Measure of QI Support Yes 1.46 1.26 1.69 <0.0001
Some or none [ref]
Physician vacancies Yes 0.79 0.67 0.95 0.0099
No [ref]
Nurse vacancies Yes 0.76 0.62 0.92 0.0058
No [ref]
Hospital Affiliation All 1.20 1.04 1.39 0.0147
Some or none [ref]
Usual Source of Care Usual/Often 1.75 1.36 2.25 <0.0001
Some/Rarely/None [ref]
Percent Medicaid 1.82 1.11 2.97 0.0171
Percent minority High (50% or more) 1.24 0.99 1.55 0.0624
Medium (5–49%) 1.42 1.12 1.80 0.0044
Low (<5%) [ref]
Size Large 1.17 0.94 1.46 0.1565
Medium 0.88 0.75 1.04 0.1258
Small [ref]
Region Midwest 0.51 0.40 0.64 <0.0001
South 0.78 0.63 0.96 0.0169
West 0.60 0.49 0.75 <0.0001
Northeast [ref]
Urbanicity Urban 1.28 1.08 1.51 0.0043
Rural [ref]

Source: The 2009 National Survey of Federally Qualified Health Centers.

HIT-Health Information Technology.

HIT based on health centers’ possession of 16 functionalities of technologies.

OR-Odds Ratio; CI- Confidence Interval; ref- Reference category.

Odds ratios reported are for having higher odds of increased HIT capacity in relation to the reference category.

p-value is for the association between HIT capacity and outcome measures of interest.

Frimpong et al.

Frimpong et al. BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:35   doi:10.1186/1472-6963-13-35

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