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AHRQ-Funded Researchers Disseminate Findings in High-Impact Journals

In 2019, AHRQ-funded researchers published over 100 research articles in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters.


A Health System’s Pilot Experience with Using Social Knowledge Networking (SKN) Technology to Enable Meaningful Use of EHR Medication Reconciliation Technology

EHR medication reconciliation (MedRec) technology, which promotes patient safety by reducing medication discrepancies and errors during care transitions, is used by physicians in a very limited manner, contrary to meaningful use of the application. Nominated for the 2019 AMIA Distinguished Paper Award, AHRQ-funded researcher Dr. Pavani Rangachari and colleagues’ case report reviews pilot implementation of the social knowledge networking (SKN) system of EHR MedRec at Augusta University Health System.

Comprising a reporting tool, discussion tool, lunch and learn sessions, and periodic email updates, the SKN system facilitates inter-professional knowledge exchange, increased provider engagement, and improvement in MedRec utilization. Researchers found that the implementation of the SKN system increased engagement in MedRec among physicians, advanced MedRec learning, and supported a foundation of change to enhance meaningful use.

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EHR Audit Logs: A New Gold Mine for Health Services Research?

In this article, Chris Dymek, director of the AHRQ Digital Healthcare Research Program, along with AHRQ-funded grantees Drs. Vimla Patel and Jason Adelman, explore broadening the use of EHR audit log data, a subset of data that tracks the details of events an EHR user has performed.

In addition to auditing access to health information regulated by HIPAA, audit log data can be a valuable resource for health services research. The authors propose a framework for the potential use of such data, highlighting the topics supported by audit log data research, such as safety, effectiveness, patient-centered data, timeliness, efficiency, and equitable data review.

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