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Brown ArrowEvaluation Resources for Assessing HIT Systems and HIT Implementation, Adoption and Use

With the large investments required for health IT projects, stakeholders are increasingly demanding to know what the actual value of these projects has been, or will be. Evaluations allow us to determine whether or not what one has set out to accomplish has been accomplished, and to help us to understand what has worked in a given project and what has not. Lessons that emerge from evaluations help to guide both your team, as well as others, in their approach to projects in the future. Evaluations must therefore be an integral part of any health IT project. (AHRQ Health IT Evaluation Toolkit)
The diversity and complexity of health IT projects poses challenges for those seeking to evaluate particular projects and those interested in assessing broader population impact. While support for such evaluations can be found in ongoing health service research projects (explore the database Health Services Research Projects in Progress, as well in the proliferation of Toolkits from diverse public and non-profit sources (see below), there is also an increasing literature assessing evaluation techniques and approaches appropriate for health IT interventions, particularly those related to implementation of the requirements for "Meaningful Use." This literature can be found using PubMed search strategies, such as those at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/healthit/meaningful_use.html.

Search Queries Using NLM Resources: HIT Assessment

Tools, and Worksheets

  • 2015 Edition Test Method - (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, HHS (ONC))  - The test procedures offer guidance to Accredited Testing Laboratories as they conduct Health IT module testing in the ONC Health IT Certification Program.
  • Behavioral Health - (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, HHS (ONC))  - A set of tools and website delineating the integration of health care in the area of behavioral health
  • Cert Guidance for Ineligible Providers - (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, HHS (ONC))  - These guides and tools were developed to provide technical support and EHR implementation assistance to primary care providers.
  • Evaluating, Optimizing, and Sustaining - (Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA))  - This resource, from the Health IT Implementation Toolbox, is designed for health centers and safety net and ambulatory care providers who are seeking to implement health IT.
  • Health IT Implementation Toolkit - (Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA))  - This toolkit contains a compilation of planning, implementation and evaluation resources.
  • Health IT Literacy Guide - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ))  - This guide provides strategies, and other resources for the development of technical standards and aspects of accessible health IT design,
  • Health IT Patient Satisfaction Survey - (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, HHS (ONC))  - This survey tool is intended to aid providers and health IT implementers assess the impact of health information technology adoption to inform quality improvement initiatives. The results will provide an understanding of how patients are responding to EHR use in the office.
  • Health IT Survey Compendium - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ))  - This database is a resource of health IT surveys that may be used in the evaluation of health IT projects.
  • How to Implement EHRs - (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, HHS (ONC))  - This is a step-by-step overview of the tasks necessary to implement an EHR system.
  • Implementation Resources - (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, HHS (ONC))  - A series of tools, webinars, reports, and training modules designed to assist in the EHR process.
  • ONC HIT Curriculum Overview - (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, HHS (ONC))  - Registration is required to utilize this free curriculum. Included in the course are Working with Health IT Systems, Configuring Electronic Health Records, and Planning, Management and Leadership for Health IT.
  • Resources for Critical Access Hospitals and Small Rural Hospitals - (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, HHS (ONC))  - Designed for rural hospitals, this toolkit discusses the benefits of health IT and helps hospitals to take the first step toward implementation and attaining meaningful use.
  • Rural Health IT Adoption Toolbox - (Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA))  - Developed for rural health providers, this toolbox is designed to improve effectiveness of the HIT implementation process.
  • State HIT Policy Levers Compendium - (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, HHS (ONC))  - The Compendium supportd state efforts to advance interoperability and in service of delivery system reform. It contains a directory of health IT policy levers and examples of how states have used them.
  • The HIMSS Health IT Value Suite - (Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) USA)  - This is a growing database of use studies, related to health-IT.

Guidelines, Publications, Other

  • Change Management in EHR Implementation - (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, HHS (ONC))  - This primer is intended to aid implementers with Change Management for EHR Implementation. Change management is the basic foundation underlying all phases of the EHR implementation lifecycle and helps achieve EHR Meaningful Use and practice transformation
  • HealthIT Dashboard - (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, HHS (ONC))  - The Dashboard provides quick access to federal policies, programs, and research activities related to health IT.
  • Report to Congress: Challenges and Barriers to Interoperability (2015) images/pdf.gif icon - (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, HHS (ONC))  - A series of recommendations from the Clinical, Technical, Organizational and Financial Barriers to Interoperability Task Force to the Congress. Financial, policy and business barriers to interoperability are discussed.

Frameworks

Grants, Funding, and Fellowships

Meetings, Conferences, Webinars

Upcoming Meetings

Past Meetings

Webinars

  • Access to Capital - Rural Hospital - (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, HHS (ONC))  - To prepare rural hospital for the questions they will face when applying for a loan, this webinar explains the evaluation process commercial banks use to make a decision on a loan.
  • HRSA Webinars - (Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA))  - Health IT and Quality webinars are technical assistance for HRSA grantees and other safety net providers.

Organizations and Associations

  • AHRQ National Resource Center for Health Information Technology - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ))  - AHRQ initiative containing information on programs that promote the use of health information technology. Central repository for research findings from projects developing, testing, and using health IT applications.
  • DATA - Data Across Sectors for Health - (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF))  - DASH is a national initiative to support multi-sector collaborations sharing data and information to improve the health of their communities.
  • Health IT Strategic Planning - (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, HHS (ONC))  - Included here are the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2015-2020, Patient Safety Action and Surveillance Plan, and the Report to Congress on Health IT Adoption and Exchange
  • Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) - HRSA works to improve and extend life for people living with HIV/AIDS, provide primary health care to medically underserved people, serve women and children through state programs, and train a health workforce that is both diverse and motivated to work in underserved communities.
  • HealthIT.gov - (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, HHS (ONC))  - Resource to support the adoption of health information technology and the promotion of nationwide health information exchange to improve health care.
  • Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) - (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society)  - The healthcare industry's membership organization exclusively focused on providing leadership for the optimal use of healthcare information technology (IT) and management systems for the betterment of healthcare.
  • IHE USA - IHE USA is a part of the international group, and focuses on fostering consistent information standards.
  • Regional Extension Centers (RECs) - (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, HHS (ONC))  - Information is provided on the ONC's Regional Extension Centers, which serve as a support and resource centers to assist providers in EHR implementation and HealthIT needs