Emerging Lessons

As the AHRQ portfolio of health IT projects wrap up their second year of implementation and research, they are demonstrating the potential of health IT to improve the health and health care of all Americans. With the support of AHRQ's National Resource Center for Health Information Technology, these projects are overcoming key hurdles. Their collective experience offers an important learning opportunity for other health IT implementations across the country.

Bar-coded Medication Administration
Lessons from AHRQ-funded research projects using BCMA to improve patient safety.
Health Information Technology and Health Information Exchange Implementation in Rural and Underserved Areas (PDF, 244 KB)
Lessons from AHRQ-funded research projects using health IT to improve care for rural and underserved populations.
Bar-Coded Medication Administration Decisionmaker Brief (PDF, 111KB)
Implementation of Health Information Technology in Long-Term Care Settings (PDF, 334 KB)
Information from AHRQ-funded projects regarding the care and support of persons with chronic or disabling conditions.
Computerized Provider Order Entry - Ambulatory
Information on how CPOE is improving patient safety and efficiency for ambulatory (outpatient) clinicians with electronic health records.
Medication Adherence
Lessons learned from AHRQ-funded projects on whether presenting medication adherence information to providers and/or patients via health IT solutions impacts patient adherence to prescribed medications.
Computerized Provider Order Entry - Inpatient
Information on how CPOE is improving patient safety and efficiency for inpatient clinicians with electronic health records.
Medication Reconciliation
Lessons learned from AHRQ-funded projects, including some of the challenges associated with implementing medication reconciliation and the different approaches these projects are taking to implement and evaluate medication reconciliation processes through the use of health IT.
Electronic Health Records
Strategies for implementing electronic health record (EHR) systems and getting users to adopt and use technology to transform care delivery processes.
Participant Recruitment for Research
Lessons from AHRQ-funded research projects using health IT on approaches and challenges to recruiting patient participants for studies.
Health IT for Improved Chronic Disease Management
Lessons from AHRQ-funded research projects using health IT to improve care for patients with chronic diseases.
Telehealth
Lessons from AHRQ-funded projects working to improve the quality and safety of health care delivery from a distance.

Health Information Exchange
Lessons from those on the front lines attempting to connect providers, share data, and deliver comprehensive patient information at the point of care.

Last Modified: June 2014