Health Information Technology in VHA Quality Improvement Research
February 15, 2013
VA has long been a leader in health information technology (HIT) development and implementation, and VA's HIT systems will be the focus of a special supplement to the journal Medical Care. The supplement includes papers that describe new
research on HIT projects aimed at quality improvement within VA.
In the issue's foreword, David Atkins, M.D., Acting Director of VA's Health Services Research & Development Service and Theresa Cullen, M.D., M.S.,
VA's Director of Health Informatics, describe future trends in HIT as well as areas considered ready for research and evaluation.
Denise M. Hynes, M.P.H., Ph.D., R.N., Director of HSR&D's VA Information Resource Center, is author of the introductory overview. She also is lead
author of an article that explores the challenges and keys to "sustained effects" of HIT projects in VA/HSR&D's Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI) program, which supported the development of the supplement.
Other studies featured address a range of specific HIT approaches, including innovative and interactive uses of the VA's electronic health record and
information systems, and applications of automated systems for evaluation and tracking of patient care.
Full access to supplement articles
is provided for those within VA. For those outside VA, abstracts are available at the Medical Care website.
is the official journal of the Medical Care Section of the American Public Health Association, and provides timely reports on the findings of original
investigations into issues related to the research, planning, organization, financing, provision, and evaluation of health services. Several special
supplementary issues focusing on specialized topics are produced with each volume.