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Innovation and Synergy of HIT Approaches Addressing Complex Care with the VA

Hynes D, Young A, Ohl M, Houston T, Goldstein MK. Innovation and Synergy of HIT Approaches Addressing Complex Care with the VA. Presented at: American Medical Informatics Association Annual Symposium; 2013 Nov 16; Washington, DC.




Abstract:

This panel focuses on the use and impact of health information technology (HIT) to address complex care within the Veterans Affairs (VA). We highlight specific HIT approaches, including innovative and interactive uses of the VA's electronic health record, databases, and information systems; personal health record; and applications of automated systems for intervention, evaluation, and tracking patient care. Examples include patient-facing, health care team-facing and health system-facing technologies to support clinical care and with systematic research-based evaluations. These processes demonstrate both the innovation and synergy of a range of HIT approaches in dynamic health care settings developed for patients, health care teams, and managers. Attendees will: 1.Become familiar with the VA Quality Enhancement Research Initiative and the role of informatics in advancing the program's impact; 2.Learn about a range of innovative patient-facing, health care team-facing and health system-facing technologies to support clinical care; and 3.Understand the value of systematic evaluation of health information technologies and how research and clinical care can be synergistic in advancing healthcare quality. We hope that this material stimulates systematic application of innovative HIT in health care within and beyond the VA.





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