This study explored the use of and need for health information technology applications in nursing homes and home health agencies. Through a literature review and stakeholder discussions the authors identified the types of Health Information Technology and Electronic Health Record applications and functions (electronic point-of-care and information exchange) currently used in nursing homes or home health agencies that go beyond the federally-mandated Output and Assessment Information Set (OASIS) and Minimum Data Set (MDS) reporting and claims submission requirements. Nursing home and home health agency providers and vendors provided feedback regarding which health information technology and electronic health record applications they were using.
The stakeholders largely agreed with the description of functions and organization of the taxonomy. Four of the five responding nursing home providers and all five responding home health agency providers indicated that they used automated systems for most of the functions listed under the administration domain. Four of the five nursing facilities reported` some automated quality management tools. Four of the five home health agencies were able to order patient supplies electronically from the field.
- Taxonomy of Health Information Technology Functions in Nursing Homes and Home Health Agencies Report A: Review by Representatives from Standards Development Organizations, http://aspe.hhs.gov/daltcp/reports/2007/Taxonomy-SDO.htm
- Taxonomy of Health Information Technology Functions in Nursing Homes Report B: Review by Representatives from Nursing Homes and Vendors http://aspe.hhs.gov/daltcp/reports/2007/Taxonomy-NH.htm
- Taxonomy of Health Information Technology Functions in Home Health Agencies Report C: Review by Representatives from Home Health Agencies and Vendors http://aspe.hhs.gov/daltcp/reports/2007/Taxonomy-HHA.htm
Agency Sponsor: ASPE-ODALTCP, Office of Disability, Aging, and Long-Term Care Policy
Federal Contact: Jennie Harvell, 202-690-6443
Performer: University of Colorado, Health Sciences Center
PIC ID: 8895, 8896, 8897