Health Center Controlled Network


The South Carolina Health Center Controlled Network (SCHCCN) is a program of the South Carolina Primary Health Care Association (SCPHCA).  SCHCCN is comprised of 14  member federally-qualified health centers (FQHCs) with approximately 91 clinic sites serving over 217,000 patients. The HCCN Program is currently funded for 3 years (August 2015 through July 2019) by a grant from the United States Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

HRSA defines a HCCN as "a group of safety net providers collaborating horizontally or vertically to improve access to care, enhance quality of care, and achieve cost efficiencies through the redesign of practices to integrate services, and optimize patient outcomes, on behalf of the participating members". The purpose of SCHCCN's  Program is to provide assessment, technical assistance and training services to the 14 participating health centers that focus on the following areas and activities:


  1.   Health IT Implementation and Meaningful Use
    • Current status/issues regarding EHR system- full implementation, upgrading, migrating, reassessing system, etc. 
    • Knowledge of Meaningful Use (MU) Modified Stage 2 Objectives and status related to MU registration and attestation
    • Broadband connectivity needs
    • Current status of and training needs related to HIPAA compliant security risk analysis and the use of risk analysis self-assessment tools
  2.  Data Quality and Reporting
    • Data collection, reporting, and analytics challenges, successes, and needs
    • Status of QI reporting down to the site and care team levels
    • Status of data integration across service types given current HIT systems
  3. Health Information Exchange and Population Health
    • Knowledge and level of participation in SCHIEx
    • Vendor related issues that affect use of SCHIEx
    • Current use of population health HIT solutions/software
  4. Quality Improvement
    • Real-time accessibility to and use of data for reporting and analytics
    • Use of data from HIT systems to inform decision making for operational excellence
    • Use of data to support patient self-management and the provision of culturally appropriate services

 We look forward to working with our members on this broad range of HIT topics.  Priorities will be established based on the member needs and monitored/updated throughout the project period. 

Please contact Deryl Metze at [email protected] or 803-788-2778 for more information. questions.



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