Health Information Technology and Mental Health: The Way Forward (Virginia)

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Summary:

In order to develop a research agenda on the intersection between mental health and health information technology, this project convened a workshop between the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships, and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). The resulting research agenda will serve as guidance for future research, and will help to facilitate partnerships between both the mental health and health information technology communities. The main objectives of the project were to:

  • Establish what is known about the impact of health IT on improvements in mental health care interventions, coordination, fairness, and cost-effectiveness.
  • Identify gaps in knowledge.
  • Determine infrastructure needs for under-resourced settings.

A white paper was written by a technical expert panel which helped to inform the content of the workshop itself.  The workshop was held at AHRQ in late May 2010.  The white paper is being revised following input from the workshop attendees.  It is anticipated that the white paper will be released at the end of 2011 or early 2012.

Health Information Technology and Mental Health: The Way Forward - 2010

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Summary: This contract will convene a workshop to develop an agenda to guide future research in and facilitate partnerships between the mental health and health information technology (IT) communities. Participants include the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ’s) Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships, and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). The goals are to: establish what is known about the impact of health IT on improvements in mental health care interventions, coordination, fairness, and cost-effectiveness; identify gaps in knowledge; and determine infrastructure needs for under-resourced settings.

Deliverables include a white paper created by an outside technical expert panel (TEP) to inform the content of the workshop. The TEP will convene at an AHRQ-facilitated meeting. The draft white paper will be revised and finalized based on input from workshop participants. The contractor will help disseminate the paper upon completion and will work closely with AHRQ and NIMH to establish a detailed marketing plan.

Project Objective:
  • Establish what is known about the impact of health IT on improvements in mental health care interventions, coordination, fairness, and cost-effectiveness; identify gaps in knowledge; and determine infrastructure needs for under-resourced settings. (Achieved)

2010 Activities: The TEP planned and convened the workshop and held a series of follow-up conference calls. The draft papers written as part of the planning process will be further developed based on the content of the workshop and submitted as a journal supplement. Publication can be expected in late 2011 or early 2012.

Preliminary Impact and Findings: Findings will be disseminated when the journal supplement is published.

Strategic Goal: Develop and disseminate health IT evidence and evidence-based tools to improve health care decisionmaking through the use of integrated data and knowledge management.

Business Goal: Synthesis and Dissemination

Health Information Technology and Mental Health: the Way Forward - Final Report

Citation:
The Bernard Consulting Group, Inc. Health Information Technology and Mental Health: the Way Forward - Final Report. (Prepared under Contract 290-09-000027U.) AHRQ Publication No. 15-0020-EF. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. January 2015. (PDF, 638.39 KB)
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