USA, MD, Rockville
This project sought to identify obstacles to improving quality through technology by identifying an ideal future health information infrastructure that allows for actionable and prioritized national quality measurement and reporting.
While health information technology (IT) systems are expected to significantly reduce medication errors, studies have found that issues with usability and information design can actually facilitate errors or decrease the efficiency gains made possible by health IT.
Through the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Information Model project, Westat aims to develop a functional model to define the PCMH that would describe it in both narrative and technical terms through the interactions between and among PCMH stakeholders.
This project developed a children’s electronic health record (EHR) format that contains the requirements for data elements, standards, usability, functionality, and interoperability for a pediatric EHR.
This project developed and tested electronic health record elements to improve the delivery, documentation, and tracking of self-management support services and developed a personal health record for patients to access their medical record and enter goals.
This project is convening focus groups to gain insight into health care consumers' awareness and perceptions of health information technology and obtain feedback on how best to engage consumers in the design and implementation of future innovations.
A meeting on health disparities was held to build a research and action agenda for reducing disparities in health care quality among priority populations.
The project conducted an environmental scan and grey literature review, and key informant interviews to identify consumer product development practices that may be relevant to the design of consumer health information technology.