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Track 4: Assessing Value and Evaluating Project Impact

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Track 4-I Before and After: The Impact of HIT

This session presents results of studies on the impact of certain health IT tools - CPOE, EHR, and ITI - on factors such as cost, quality of care and clinical outcomes. Presenters will describe in detail the methods used for the studies.

Blackford Middleton, Partners Health Care

Dawn Bazarko Presentation
Manya Magnus Presentation
Susan Kraus Presentation

Monday June 5, 10:30am-12:00pm
Congressional Hall C

Track 4-II Playing the Numbers Game: A Brainstorming Session towards Multi-site Studies of Quality in Rural Regions

Researchers studying outcomes in rural regions struggle with conducting rigorous, relevant research and evaluation due to the statistical problem of small numbers. This session will bring together researchers in rural communities so they may identify opportunities for cooperation between grants. Participants will post specific questions or clinical outcomes they are researching, form small breakout groups of researchers working on similar topics, and create a report on the topic, potential rural sites interested, data elements and other needs to present to AHRQ and the National Resource Center for Health IT for further discussion.

Kiki Nocella and Julie Nyquist, University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine

June 5, 1:30pm-3:00pm
Congressional Hall C

Track 4-III Evaluation of Medication Administration Technologies

The discussion will highlight diverse methods and approaches to the evaluation of to medication administration technologies: Smart IV pump technology and bar coding. Results from various AHRQ-funded studies will be presented. Discussion topics will include context of use, workflow changes, organizational constraints and human factors, as well as the need for multiple methods of evaluation.

Pascale Carayon, University of Wisconsin
Ross Koppel, University of Pennsylvania

Eric Poon Presentation
Ben-Tzion Karsh Presentation
Jeff Rothschild Presentation
Tosha Wetterneck Presentation

Monday June 5, 4:00pm-5:30pm

Track 4-IV Value of Clinical Decision Support

Clinical Decision Support (CDS) is the process of providing intelligently filtered information at the right time to enhance health and healthcare, in the form of computerized alerts, order sets, displays, etc. This session offers a comprehensive look at CDS with an outline of the 2005 Roadmap to effective CDS adoption and implementation, the recommendations from the 2006 ACMI winter symposium on CDS deployment, methods for measuring CDS/CPOE safety, and lessons learned from 9 "Best Practices" sites.

Helen Burstin, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Jon Teich Presentation
Andrew Steele Presentation
David Classen Presentation
Eta Berner Presentation

June 6, 1:00pm-2:30pm


Track 4-V New Tools for Assessing Value

Sound assessment is crucial to the successful implementation of any new initiative. This session highlights a variety of evaluation tools and methods and their application to specific assessments: data mining of EHR through link and text analysis; concept mapping to analyze barriers to EHR adoption; methods to evaluate changes in design and use of order sets in CPOE; and probabilistic risk assessment as a modeling tool to evaluate the value and impact of safety interventions.

Atif Zafar, Indiana University School of Medicine

Patricia Cerrito Presentation
Susan Scamurra (for Arun Vishwanath) Presentation
Jane Brokel Presentation
Meghan Dierks Presentation

Tuesday June 6, 3:30pm-5:00pm
Room 16 

Track 4-VI Evaluating HIT: Evaluation Designs from the AHRQ State and Regional Demonstration Projects (SRDs)

AHRQ's Health IT State and Regional Demonstration project is funding the creation of regional health information exchange systems in six states. Contractors submitted evaluation plans to the agency in March. Four states - Colorado, Indiana, Tennessee and Utah - will present their evaluation design.

Caitlin Cusack, Partners HealthCare

Colorado Presentation
Indiana Presentation
Tennessee Presentation
Utah Presentations Presentation

Tuesday June 6, 3:30pm-5:00pm
Congressional Hall C 

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