HHS Strategic Plan, Fiscal Years 2007–2012 (Strategic Plan). Strategic Goal 4: Scientific Research and Development

11/22/2015

AHRQ sponsored the Combining Clinical and Administrative Hospital Data Evaluation project. AHRQ also identified the most efficient set of clinical data elements that can be added to administrative data to increase the reliability and validity of hospital-specific public quality reporting. The intent was to develop mixed clinical-administrative data models that are clinically sound and defensible. The study focused on adding key clinical data elements to specific measures from the AHRQ Quality Indicators (QIs) to create clinically enhanced QIs.

Health information technology (health IT) is increasingly viewed as a tool that can promote quality and cost-effective care in the United States. Although much progress has been made in the development of electronic health records and other infrastructure, the lack of robust evidence on health IT costs and benefits across settings has stymied efforts to develop such capabilities in the post-acute care (PAC) and long-term care environment. A deeper, evidence-based understanding of costs and benefits is needed and is essential to inform providers contemplating purchase of health IT systems. In addition, such an understanding can provide useful and reliable information to policymakers, payers, employers, and others who seek to influence health IT adoption. ASPE is designing an evaluation to assess the business case for health IT in PAC and long-term care settings and to provide additional support for a keystone of the Department’s vision for the health care delivery system of the future.

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