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Brown ArrowEvaluation Resources for Assessing HIT Systems and HIT Implementation, Adoption and Use

With the large investments required for health IT projects, stakeholders are increasingly demanding to know what the actual value of these projects has been, or will be. Evaluations allow us to determine whether or not what one has set out to accomplish has been accomplished, and to help us to understand what has worked in a given project and what has not. Lessons that emerge from evaluations help to guide both your team, as well as others, in their approach to projects in the future. Evaluations must therefore be an integral part of any health IT project. (AHRQ Health IT Evaluation Toolkit)

The diversity and complexity of health IT projects poses challenges for those seeking to evaluate particular projects and those interested in assessing broader population impact. While support for such evaluations can be found in ongoing health service research projects (explore the database Health Services Research Projects in Progress, as well in the proliferation of Toolkits from diverse public and non-profit sources (see below), there is also an increasing literature assessing evaluation techniques and approaches appropriate for health IT interventions, particularly those related to implementation of the requirements for "Meaningful Use." This literature can be found using PubMed search strategies, such as those at

  • EHR Developers Reported by Health Care Providers Participating in Federal Programs Details

    This dataset provides the counts of health care providers that have reported a developer's product through participation in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program.

  • EHR Products Used for Meaningful Use Attestation Details

    This dataset combines meaningful use attestations from the Medicare EHR Incentive Program and certified health IT product data from the ONC Certified Health IT Product List to identify the unique vendors, products, and product types of each certified health IT product used to attest to meaningful use. The dataset also includes important provider-specific data, related to the provider's participation and status in the program, unique provider identifiers, and other characteristics unique to each provider, like geography and provider type.

  • AHRQ National Resource Center for Health Information Technology Details

    AHRQ initiative containing information on programs that promote the use of health information technology. Central repository for research findings from projects developing, testing, and using health IT applications.

  • DATA - Data Across Sectors for Health Details

    DASH is a national initiative to support multi-sector collaborations sharing data and information to improve the health of their communities.

  • Health IT Buzz Details

    From the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), this blog was created to answer questions about the nation's transition to electronic health records and to create a conversation about the challenges and successes health care providers, physicians, practices, and organizations are experiencing as they transition from paper to electronic health records.

  • Health IT Strategic Planning Details

    Included here are the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2015-2020, Patient Safety Action and Surveillance Plan, and the Report to Congress on Health IT Adoption and Exchange

  • Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Details

    HRSA works to improve and extend life for people living with HIV/AIDS, provide primary health care to medically underserved people, serve women and children through state programs, and train a health workforce that is both diverse and motivated to work in underserved communities.

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    Resource to support the adoption of health information technology and the promotion of nationwide health information exchange to improve health care.

  • Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Details

    The healthcare industry's membership organization exclusively focused on providing leadership for the optimal use of healthcare information technology (IT) and management systems for the betterment of healthcare.

  • IHE USA Details

    IHE USA is a part of the international group, and focuses on fostering consistent information standards.

  • National Health IT Collaborative for the Underserved (NHIT) Details

    A public/private/community partnership with the purpose of supporting the full engagement of health information technology in underserved populations, with an emphasis on communities of color.

  • National Institute of Standards and Technology Details

    NIST is the U.S. physical science laboratory, and, one of their primary concerns is information technology.

  • Regional Extension Centers (RECs) Details

    Information is provided on the ONC's Regional Extension Centers, which serve as a support and resource centers to assist providers in EHR implementation and HealthIT needs