The mission of AHRQ’s Digital Healthcare Research Program is directly aligned with the overall AHRQ mission. Through rigorous research, AHRQ generates the ground-breaking knowledge, tools, and data needed to improve health system performance and health outcomes. These products and tools are used by patients, healthcare professionals, and policymakers to make informed decisions based on the most current evidence available. Furthermore, AHRQ’s cutting-edge research stimulates collaboration across agencies within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and with other partners to empower evidence-based decision making at all levels of the healthcare system and to achieve the goals of high-quality care, cost-effective spending of healthcare dollars, and improved health for the American people.
AHRQ's digital healthcare initiative is part of the Nation's strategy for putting information technology (IT) to work in healthcare. By making health information available electronically when and where it is needed, digital healthcare can improve the quality of care, even as it makes healthcare more cost-effective.
In 2019, the AHRQ Digital Healthcare Research Program:
- Supported 120 research grants and seven contracts
- Managed a $150 million investment
- Awarded to over 64 distinct institutions
- Issued funding in 29 States and the District of Columbia
In 2019, the AHRQ Digital Healthcare Research Program continued to fund research in response to over 20 past and present funding opportunities.
The AHRQ Digital Healthcare Research Program’s funding opportunities are designed to fund research that fills knowledge gaps and leads to improvements in the design of digital healthcare systems. The program accomplishes this through a variety of grant and contract mechanisms that support different types of health services research, including:
- Exploratory and developmental research grants that support research in the early and conceptual stages of development
- Pilot and feasibility studies
- Randomized controlled trials and other studies of technology effectiveness
- Secondary analyses of existing data
- Dissemination work that scales evidence-based research more broadly
In addition, AHRQ supports the next generation of digital healthcare researchers by funding promising new investigators through awards intended to foster their career development in digital healthcare research.
In 2019, AHRQ-funded digital healthcare researchers:
- Published over 100 research articles in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters.
- Presented their research at numerous digital healthcare, health services research, medical, and other relevant conferences.