Understanding health IT-enabled performance improvement for older adults

This project will fill a current gap in knowledge about how best to deploy electronic health records (EHRs) and other health information technology (HIT) to improve safety, quality and cost in the care of older adults. Through a study of provider organizations using quantitative and qualitative methods, the project will develop a careful description of best practices in the domain.  Project findings and recommendations will enable provider organizations to optimize the use of HIT to improve care delivery for older adults and other vulnerable populations.

Start date:  6/1/15
End date: 5/31/16

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UMSI Assistant Professor of Information Julia Adler-Milstein has received a $45,000 sub-grant from Harvard University to assist with a project titled, "Understanding Health IT-Enabled Performance Improvement for Older Adults." The funding is part of a larger $779,154 grant awarded by The Hartford Foundation to study best practices for deploying electronic health records (EHRs) and other health information technology (HIT) to improve safety, quality and cost in the care of older adults. 

The project, led by Ashish Jha, a Harvard-based researcher and health policy expert, will examine provider organizations using quantitative and qualitative methods to assemble a description of best practices in the domain.

Adler-Milstein, who has led five national surveys over the past eight years, will contribute expertise in developing surveys centered on health information exchange efforts and clinical data exchange. For this project, Adler-Milstein and her research team will support the development of an analytic plan, identify case study sites and develop case study protocols, support the creation of a national survey and participate in data collection and analysis.

Results from this project will enable provider organizations to optimize the use of HIT to improve care delivery for older adults and other vulnerable populations.

Grants

Understanding Health IT-Enabled Performance Improvement for Older Adults, The Hartford Foundation: $779,15

The John A. Hartford Foundation is a private philanthropy working to improve the health of older Americans. After three decades of championing research and education in geriatric medicine, nursing, and social work, today the Foundation pursues opportunities to put geriatrics expertise to work in all health care settings.

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