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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.

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News: Evaluation Resources for Assessing HIT Systems and HIT Implementation

Tools, and Worksheets

  • 2015 Edition Test Method - (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, HHS (ONC))  Details

    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))  Details

    A set of tools and website delineating the integration of health care in the area of behavioral health

  • C-CDA R2.1 Scorecard - (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, HHS (ONC))  Details

    This scorecard allows scoring of Consolidated Clinical Document Architecture documents.

  • Cert Guidance for Ineligible Providers - (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, HHS (ONC))  Details

    These guides and tools were developed to provide technical support and EHR implementation assistance to primary care providers.

  • EHR Products Used for Meaningful Use Attestation Public Use File - (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, HHS (ONC))  Details

    These data provide meaningful use attestations from the Medicare EHR Incentive Program, linked to the ONC Certified Health IT Product List (CHPL). The data show which certified products were used for meaningful use attestations over the life of the program, thus far.

  • Evaluating, Optimizing, and Sustaining - (Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA))  Details

    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 Literacy Guide - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ))  Details

    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))  Details

    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 Playbook - (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, HHS (ONC))  Details

    This tool is designed for health care providers, practice staff, hospital administrators and others who are implementing a HIT system. Included are chapters on patient engagement, electronic health records, population and public health, privacy and security, patient safety, and value based care.

  • Health IT Summaries Web-App - (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, HHS (ONC))  Details

    Web application allows users to create a custom summary of the latest national and state health IT data and statistics.

  • Health IT Survey Compendium - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ))  Details

    This database is a resource of health IT surveys that may be used in the evaluation of health IT projects.

  • Health Information Exchange (HIE) Toolkit - (Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) USA)  Details

    Using white papers, case studies, and business models this toolkit provides basic information health information exchange.

  • How to Implement EHRs - (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, HHS (ONC))  Details

    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))  Details

    A series of tools, webinars, reports, and training modules designed to assist in the EHR process.

  • Interoperability Proving Ground - (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, HHS (ONC))  Details

    The IPG is an open platform designed to allow providers to share interoperability projects.

  • ONC HIT Curriculum Overview - (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, HHS (ONC))  Details

    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.

  • Rural Health IT Adoption Toolbox - (Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA))  Details

    Developed for rural health providers, this toolbox is designed to improve effectiveness of the HIT implementation process.

  • Standards Implementation & Testing Environment - (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, HHS (ONC))  Details

    A centralized collection of testing tools and resources designed to assist health IT developers/users fully evaluate specific technical standards and maximize the potential of their health IT implementations. SITE is organized in a collection of sandboxes that provide test tools, sample data, collaboration resources, and useful links.

  • State Health IT Policy Levers Compendium - (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, HHS (ONC))  Details

    The Compendium contains 32 policy levers (such as Credentialing Policies or State-level legal protections) and 300 examples of how states use these levers to promote health IT and advance interoperability.

Guidelines, Publications, Other

  • 2016 Program Requirements - EHR Incentive Programs - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS))  Details

    Released in October of 2015, the Final Rule to participate in Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs cover the period from 2015 through 2017 (Modified Stage 2) as well as Stage 3 in 2018 and beyond. The requirements for 2016 are outlined by CMS.

  • Change Management in EHR Implementation - (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, HHS (ONC))  Details

    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

  • Evaluation of the Regional Extension Center Program: Final Report (2016) images/pdf.gif icon - (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, HHS (ONC))  Details

    This report provides an overview of methods and findings about Regional Extension Center implementation and impact. The REC provided support for 100,000 providers working in small primary care practices, practices with a large proportion of patients with Medicaid or without insurance, community health centers, rural health clinics, and critical access hospitals.

  • HealthIT Dashboard - (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, HHS (ONC))  Details

    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))  Details

    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.

  • Telehealth Resource Guide (2016) - (Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO))  Details

    This guide is a resource for state and territorial health officials to enhance their telehealth efforts.

Frameworks

Legislation, Regulations

  • Standards and Certification Regulations - (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, HHS (ONC))  Details

    The final rule creates a regulatory framework for ONC's direct review of health information technology (health IT) certified under the Program, including, when necessary, requiring the correction of non-conformities found in health IT certified under the Program and suspending and terminating certifications issued to Complete EHRs and Health IT Modules. The final rule also sets forth processes for ONC to authorize and oversee accredited testing laboratories under the Program. In addition, it includes provisions for expanded public availability of certified health IT surveillance results

Grants, Funding, and Fellowships

  • PA-17-009 Use of Technology to Enhance Patient Outcomes and Prevent Illness (R21) - (National Institutes of Health (NIH))  Details

    Grant seeks clinical research focused on the development and utilization of technologies that can help address patient outcomes. Relevant areas of technology include remote healthcare delivery to patients via telehealth, robotics to enhance medication adherence, on-site (e.g., clinical or home setting) care delivery, mobile heath to increase access and adherence, web-based decision support tools, and others.

  • PA-17-010 - (National Institute of Nursing Research, NIH (NINR))  Details

    This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) seeks clinical research focused on the development and utilization of technologies that can help address patient outcomes.

Meetings, Conferences, Webinars

Upcoming Meetings

Past Meetings

  • "You Never Want to Go Back": The Promise of Health IT - (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, HHS (ONC))  Details

    Transcript and slides of a keynote address given by Dr. Washington to the Association of Health Care Journalists' (AHCJ) Journalism Workshop on Health Information Technology.

Webinars

  • Access to Capital - Rural Hospital - (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, HHS (ONC))  Details

    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.

Organizations and Associations

  • DATA - Data Across Sectors for Health - (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF))  Details

    DASH is a national initiative to support multi-sector collaborations sharing data and information to improve the health of their communities.

  • Health IT Buzz - (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, HHS (ONC))  Details

    From the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), this blog was created to answer questions about the nation's transition to electronic health records and to create a conversation about the challenges and successes health care providers, physicians, practices, and organizations are experiencing as they transition from paper to electronic health records.

  • Health IT Strategic Planning - (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, HHS (ONC))  Details

    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) Details

    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))  Details

    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)  Details

    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 Details

    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))  Details

    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