Health Policy

Health Information Technology

Health information technology is one of the most promising tools for improving individual patient care, as well as contributing to public health. Abt brings considerable success and experience to consulting and research projects to this rapidly expanding arena. Our team increases access, organization, and usability of electronic health information (EHI). We then use this information to improve case management, quality of care, and patient and population outcomes. We address all aspects of health IT–from strategic policy and planning efforts, through system design, development and support, to the management and evaluation of health IT programs and services.

Our team includes health services researchers, health policy analysts, health economists, and epidemiologists, as well as experts in health communications. We specialize in health, quality and outcomes measurement, human factors engineering, Web-based development, and survey operations.

Abt Associates has led health IT projects for a number of agencies in the Department of Health and Human Services, including the Office of the National Coordinator, Health Information Technology (ONC), and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). We also have experience working with state agencies, academic institutions, industry associations and commercial health organizations.


Impact

UNITED STATES: Can better use of electronic reporting improve U.S. health care?

 

As the U.S. health care system transitions to the use of electronic health records, the federal government is eager to leverage opportunities inherent in this technology, most notably the ability to identify and mine critical data to sharpen qualitative measurement. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are relying on Abt Associates to chart the way by developing new potential data elements and measures and updating existing ones; translating existing paper-based measures to electronic measures; and using specified tools and processes which adhere to the CMS “Blueprint” for standardized quality measure development. The resultant eMeasures will ensure a better understanding of the quality of services purchased with Medicare dollars, a key goal of the National Quality Strategy.
CLIENT: CMS / PROJECT: Clinical Quality Measures

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