Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
Transforming Healthcare Quality Through Information Technology (THQIT) - THQIT is a series of three grant programs (RFAs) released in FY04. The RFAs include the following: 1) demonstrating the value of HIT, 2) planning grants for future HIT implementations, and 3) providing HIT implementation grants for partnerships of three or more entities.
State and Regional Health IT Demonstrations - AHRQ awarded 5 contracts to establish and implement state and regional demonstrations of interoperable health information systems.
Health Information Technology Resource Center (HITRC) - The Health Information Technology Resource Center (HITRC) will provide a state-of-the-art service center for grantees and organizations that are engaged in health IT diffusion activities (e.g., research, diffusion, or adoption).
Coordination with CMS Medicare Care Management Performance (MCMP) Demonstration Project - AHRQ will be supporting a five-year evaluation of CMSs MCMP demonstration project to explore the integration of EHRs in the ambulatory environment.
Indian Health Service (IHS) - Resource and Patient Management System (RPMS) - AHRQ recently provided funding to the IHS to support needed enhancements to the IHS EHR. This investment will help to create a user-friendly data system that can provide community-specific health care data as well as track the health status of the patient population.
Patient Safety Health Care Information Technology Data Standards Program: Standards and Interoperability - This work on health data standards, done in coordination with the ASPE, will focus of the following four areas: 1) voluntary industry clinical messaging and terminology standards, 2) national standard nomenclature for drugs and biological products, 3) standards related to comprehensive clinical terminology, and 4) nomenclature and research related to accelerating the adoption of interoperable HIT systems.
Evidence Based Practice Center (EPC) - Evaluation of the Evidence Regarding Select Health IT Functions - AHRQ's EPC Program has embarked on a 13-month program to explore and determine the evidence base associated with certain HIT functions.
--Michael 15:21, 17 April 2006 (CDT)