Health Center Connections, the Health Center Controlled Network (HCCN) administered by KAMU, has been held up as having a best practice for its Health Information Technology (HIT) partnership with Synovim Healthcare Solutions. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) made the acknowledgement following a site visit in March.

Derrick Wyatt, HRSA Project Officer, visited Heartland Community Health Center in Lawrence to learn about the health center’s experiences and challenges as a participating HCCN member. He also conducted phone interviews with two other participating members, First Care Clinic in Hays and Shawnee County Health Agency and Community Health Center in Topeka. After meeting with Connections members and KAMU staff, Wyatt praised the network for its contractual relationship with Synovim, which provides HIT expertise for members. Connections was also recognized for the number of health centers within the network which achieved Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) recognition. Sixty-four percent of members have been recognized as PCMH, with 9% having a pending review and 27% in the transformation process.