AHRQ Health IT Portfolio Annual Report and Project Summaries

Dates: 2010-2014

Geographic Scope: Nationwide

Client(s): Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

Service: Health Information Technology

Technical Expertise: Health Information Technology

Research funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Health Information Technology (IT) Portfolio contributes to efforts for improving health care nationwide by demonstrating health IT practices in various health care settings. The results present evidence on how health IT can ensure that medical information is available to appropriate individuals, in an understandable and actionable format, where and when it is needed. These projects generate evidence and insight that facilitate successful design, implementation, and use of health IT, and examine the impact of health IT use on changes in quality, safety, and improved health care outcomes.

JSI spent four years developing AHRQ's Health IT Portfolio Annual Report. The report was designed to disseminate information on the research areas and progress at both the portfolio and project levels. The report also described activities that took place throughout the year and synthesized challenges, outputs, and successes of the active projects. In addition, as part of the report, an individual project summary for each grant and contract provided an overview of the project's long term objectives, status updates of the specific aims and objectives, and updates on completed or ongoing project activities.

As part of the dissemination activities of the Health IT Portfolio, JSI also developed success stories, which highlighted projects that have demonstrated the impact of health IT on quality, safety, and improved health care outcomes. Since the 2011 Annual Report, JSI has developed accompanying videos for several of the success stories.

The activities and achievements of the AHRQ Health IT Portfolio provide important contributions to the field of health IT. This research provided answers to the questions of how best to implement the technology and information on the expected patient outcomes. Evidence gaps, long an issue in health IT, are closing as a direct result of this funded work. The Portfolio's body of research represents some of the most important sources of evidence as to the impact of technology on improving quality, safety, effectiveness, and efficiency of health care.

The AHRQ Health IT Annual Reports are available on the AHRQ website.


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