April 2008
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AHRQ Awards $5 million for HIT Contracts

The Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Conn., have been awarded $5 million for two new health information technology contracts by the Health and Human Services' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

The focus of the project is the development, adoption, implementation and evaluation of best practices using clinical decision support, which is intended to help health professionals make informed patient care decisions. The facilities will define important clinical decision support tools that can be integrated into two electronic health record systems. They then will study how providers use the tools and identify the benefits and drawbacks. The clinical decision support tools will be utilized in products certified by the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology and will apply guidelines set by the American National Standards Institute's Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel.

As part of the assessment of potential benefits and drawbacks of clinical decision support services, the research will include the effects on patient satisfaction and measures of efficiency, as well as, cost and risk. Researchers also will evaluate methods of creating, storing and replicating clinical decision support elements across multiple clinical sites and ambulatory practices.

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