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Health Information Technology

Health information technology (HIT) consists of those electronic systems that record, transfer and store both patient and clinical operations information. Important aspects of HIT under study include how electronic medical records might be used to improve patient care by reducing medical errors through changes in the way providers communicate.

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(5 of more than 108 INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY focused publications)

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(5 of more than 8 INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY focused publication briefs)

  • Health Information Technology
    This review sought to examine recent evidence that relates health IT functionalities prescribed in meaningful use regulations to key aspects of healthcare, such as quality, safety, and efficiency. Findings showed that most published IT evaluation studies report positive effects on quality, safety, and efficiency. Strong evidence supports the use of clinical decision support (CDS) and computerized ...
    Date: January 7, 2014
  • Journal Issue Highlights the State of Health Information Technology in VA Healthcare
    This Medical Care Supplement focuses on the use and impact of health information technology (HIT) in quality improvement research conducted within VHA. Articles in this Supplement highlight a range of specific HIT approaches, including innovative and interactive uses of VHA’s electronic health record, databases, and information systems, as well as applications of automated systems for interventio...
    Date: March 1, 2013
  • Design and Implementation of a VA Hospital-Based Usability Laboratory for Health Information Technology
    This article describes the HSR&D Human-Computer Interaction & Simulation Laboratory, housed within one VAMC, which was intended to provide research-level findings about health information technology (HIT) design and was developed to investigate the usability of HIT toward transforming VA’s health information system. Investigators provide insight about the Laboratory’s design and implementation, a...
    Date: December 1, 2012
  • Framework for the Development of Electronic Health Record-Specific Patient Safety Goals
    Recent evidence has highlighted significant and often unexpected risks resulting from the use of electronic health records (EHRs) and other health information technology. A coordinated, consistent, national strategy is needed to address the safety issues posed by EHRs, as well as improving healthcare safety in the context of technology use. This article proposes a new three-phase framework for the...
    Date: November 8, 2012
  • Electronic Health Information’s Effect on Clinical Workflow
    This study sought to assess aspects of health information technology (HIT) that impact clinical workflow – and to identify a set of HIT characteristics that support patient care processes. Investigators identified many examples of how HIT affects workflow, but characteristics were strongest within four primary domains: 1) Trustworthy and reliable (e.g., inconsistent incomplete, incorrect informat...
    Date: December 1, 2010

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( 5 of more than 0 INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY focused projects )

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Date Title Presenter(s)
9/19/2013 A Systems+IT Approach to Accelerate Adoption of Depression Care in Safety-Net Diabetes Clinics: A Comparative Effectiveness Trial Wu, Shinyi  
9/5/2013 Single-Patient (n-of-1) Trials: A Pragmatic Clinical Decision Methodology for Patient-Centered Comparative Effectiveness Research Duan, Naihua  
2/25/2013 Mobile Applications and Internet-based Approaches for Supporting Non-professional Caregivers: A Systematic Review Dyer, Edward  
Kansagara, Devan  
Francis, Joe  
McInnes, Keith  
Frisbee, Kathleen  
12/20/2011 Relationship of Usability and Patient Safety with Health Information Technology Patterson, Emily  
6/6/2011 Overview of VA Data, Information Systems, National Databases and Research Uses Hynes, Denise  

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