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2021 Year in Review

Executive Summary

"The Digital Healthcare Research Program funds research to create actionable findings around 'what and how digital healthcare technologies work best' for its key stakeholders: patients, clinicians, and health systems working to improve healthcare quality and safety."

Chris Dymek, Ed.D. Director, Digital Healthcare Research Division

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Report Outline

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Executive Summary

The AHRQ Digital Healthcare Research Program Executive Summary discusses the impact of AHRQ-funded research that informs and drives the transformation to digital healthcare. Our studies deliver actionable findings about how digital technologies work best for patients, clinicians, and health systems. Our goal, always, is to improve healthcare quality and safety.

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Research Spotlight

The Research Spotlight explores AHRQ-funded research investments focused on engaging and empowering patients in their care decisions and understanding how digital technologies support the data collection and integration of patient-reported data to improve shared decision making by patients and clinicians.

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Research Overview

The Research Overview highlights how the DHR program is supporting crucial research that identifies how the various components of the ever evolving digital healthcare ecosystem can best come together to positively influence healthcare delivery and create value for its key stakeholders: patients, clinicians, and health systems.

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Research Dissemination

The Research Dissemination section shares information about this year's communication efforts including national webinars, research presentations, and publications, all of which are critical to knowledge transfer and the spread of impactful evidence-based strategies.

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Research Themes

Digital healthcare knowledge and tools can enhance the efforts of patients, clinicians, and health systems working to improve healthcare quality and safety. The research in this report is organized by three main themes.

Research Stories