Evaluation of VLER-Indiana Health Information Exchange Demonstration Project
Three out of four Veterans receive a portion of their care from non-VA providers. On April 9, 2009, President Barack Obama directed the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense to create the Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record (VLER). On August 2010, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki visited Indianapolis, and after visiting with leaders from the VA HSR&D Center of Excellence and the Regenstrief Institute, he made the following public comments regarding the latest partnership between the two institutions: "This new technology allows safer, more secure, and private access to electronic health information which, in turn, enhances our ability to continue providing Veterans with the quality care that they have earned."
This new technology refers to the VLER HEALTH program that the Indianapolis VA is now implementing in partnership with the Regenstrief Institute and Indiana Health Information Exchange (IHIE). This VA-IHIE demonstration project is intended to create the capacity for VA institutions to exchange health information with community partners.
Investigators from the VA HSR&D Center on Implementing Evidence-Based Practice are active collaborators in building and implementing this program. The VA-IHIE program provides the bi-directional exchange of health information between VA and non-VA providers. Based on our pilot study of linked VA-IHIE data, investigators are conducting an evaluation of the impact of the VA-IHIE demonstration project upon health care quality and cost of Veterans by taking advantage of the initiation of the implementation as a natural experiment.
|Study Design:||Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Retrospective
|Official Title:||Evaluation of VLER_Indiana Health Information Exchange Demonstration Project|
- Health Care Quality: Ambulatory Care Performance Measures [ Time Frame: 2 years ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]This study will measure the impact of HIE upon health care quality the underuse of ambulatory care services. Measurements of underuse before and after implementation will detect improvements in the quality of care. To measure underuse, the study employs a measurement set that is sensitive to the potential effects and feasible for electronic data capture. 15 measures have been chosen, falling in the areas of prevention, diabetes, asthma, cardiovascular disease, congestive heart failure, mental health and osteoporosis.
- Health Care Quality: Care Sensitive Admissions [ Time Frame: 2 years ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]This study will use AHRQ's Prevention Quality Indicators to calculate the outcome measure. The PQIs are a set of measures used with hospital inpatient data to identify ambulatory care sensitive conditions. The PQIs consist of 14 conditions. The study will adopt 12 that are commonly used for adult patients: angina, asthma, bacterial pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, congestive heart failure, dehydration, diabetes long-term complications, diabetes short-term complications, diabetes uncontrolled, hypertension, lower-limb amputation among diabetes patients, and urinary infection.
|Study Start Date:||December 2012|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||November 2014|
|Estimated Primary Completion Date:||June 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Patients in this arm will represent Veterans seen at the Indianapolis VAMC for whom information exchange has not been activated.
Patients in this arm will represent Veterans seen at the Indianapolis VAMC for whom information exchange has been activated by the patient choosing to "opt-in."
This study will perform a pre-post evaluation of the VA-IHIE implementation, with a concurrent control group, among Veterans seen at the Indianapolis VA. Data on care received by Veterans will be obtained for one year before, and one year after, VA-IHIE enrollment. Patients will be recruited into the VA-IHIE program in a rolling manner over the course of a year, and thus will have different calendar intervals of follow-up. For purposes of evaluation, investigators will approach the VA-IHIE implementation as a patient-directed intervention given that additional information available from the exchange is available only on a patient-by-patient basis, i.e., a provider cannot use exchange information available for one patient in the care of another. Although the VA-IHIE program will be implemented at the site level, patients will be enrolled individually.
|United States, Indiana|
|Richard Roudebush VA Medical Center, Indianapolis|
|Indianapolis, Indiana, United States, 46202-2884|
|Principal Investigator:||David A Haggstrom, MD||Richard Roudebush VA Medical Center, Indianapolis|