Release Date: August 21, 2013
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
This Special Emphasis Notice (SEN) informs the research community that the Health IT Portfolio at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) intends to support research career development grants (K08) and dissertation grants (R36) focusing on health information technology (health IT). This Notice supersedes previous Health IT Portfolio SENs on health IT-focused career development and dissertation grants (NOT-HS-11-016 and NOT-HS-08-014).
AHRQ’s Health IT Portfolio
AHRQ’s Health IT Portfolio develops and disseminates evidence about the effectiveness of health IT on health care quality and evidence-based tools on how to use health IT to improve health care quality. To accomplish this, the Portfolio:
- Anticipates the future needs of the health care system and supports development of innovative health IT solutions;
- Identifies and fills current gaps in knowledge about health IT; and
- Leverages the capability of health IT to improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care.
What is Health IT?
Health information technology (IT) is broadly defined as the use of information and communication technology in health care to support the delivery of patient or population care or to support patient self-management. Health IT can support patient care related activitiessuch as order communications, results reporting, care planning, and clinical or health documentation. Health IT applications or systems can use a variety of platforms, such as desktop computer applications, tablet computer applications, cellular phones, smart phones, touch screen kiosks, and others. Examples of health IT applications or systems include electronic health records (EHRs), electronic medical records (EMRs), telemedicine, computerized provider order entry (CPOE), computerized clinical decision support (CDS) systems, consumer health informatics applications (including personal health records [PHRs]), and electronic exchange of health information. Health IT applications or systems of interest to AHRQ under this SEN must support patient care related activities as described.