Creating an Evidence Base for Vision Rehabilitation (New York)


The project, "Creating an Evidence Base for Vision Rehabilitation," involved the implementation of the newly developed Electronic Vision Rehabilitation Record (EVRR). The lead agency on this project, Lighthouse International, built this software and the model upon which it is based. The project involved the installation and implementation of EVRR at Lighthouse International, The Iris Network in Maine, and the Central Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CABVI) in Utica, New York. The project also involved the installation of EVRR modules at three offices of the New York State Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped (CBVH) and three ophthalmologists' private offices or primary eye-care services within hospitals. The implementation of EVRR and its tools assured that patients receive consistent, high-quality, standardized care thereby delaying the functional decline that has been associated with increased utilization of health services. Over a relatively short period of time, the system created a large outcome-measures database by which to evaluate the effectiveness of current best practice and help refine practice as the evidence indicates.

Grant Number: 
UC1 HS015052
Funding Mechanism: 
Transforming Healthcare Quality Through Information Technology (THQIT) - Implementation Grants
AHRQ Funded Amount: 
Principal Investigator: 
Stuen, Cynthia
Lighthouse International
New York
New York
Project Dates: 
September 1, 2004 to August 31, 2008
Project Status: 

Project Categories

Type of Health Information Technology: 
Clinical Decision Support (CDS) System
Electronic Medical Record (EMR)/Electronic Health Record (EHR)
Care Setting: 
Specialty Practice
Aspect of Care: 
Specialty Care
Last Modified: August 2015

News and Publications

Stuen, C. Creating an Evidence Base for Vision Rehabilitation - Final Report. (Prepared by Lighthouse International under Grant No. UC1 HS015052). Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 2008. (PDF, 112.18 KB)
The findings and conclusions in this document are those of the author(s), who are responsible for its content, and do not necessarily represent the views of AHRQ. No statement in this report should be construed as an official position of AHRQ or of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.