Like other hospitals across the nation, rural and critical access facilities want to adopt data analytics to support population health management, but they lack adequate resources and expertise, and face a large learning curve.

But the desire is there, said Tim Jarm, CEO at Alliant Management Services, a small hospital management company serving 16 facilities in five states, during an interview at HIMSS16. At the National Rural Health Association meeting this past February, there was wide consensus among members that they needed to move to analytics.

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