The Effect of Interoperable Health IT on Efficiency in Ambulatory Practices (HEAL5)
Goal: To evaluate the effects of Interoperable Health IT on provider work flow and work practices in the ambulatory care setting.
Interoperable health IT can produce a reduction of barriers in the exchange of health information that can allow for more efficient, timely, and a higher quality of patient care. This study seeks to evaluate the effects of the implementation of interoperable health IT on the work flow of medical providers in the care environments in which they are implemented.
Operations Research Workflow
|Study Design:||Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
|Official Title:||The Effect of Interoperable Health IT on Efficiency in Ambulatory Practices|
- Change in workflow pattern [ Time Frame: Day 1 ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
|Study Start Date:||January 2010|
|Study Completion Date:||August 2011|
|Primary Completion Date:||May 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Physician Pract. Employee and Off. Staff
The office staff and providers and physician practices enrolled in the RHIO
Interoperable health IT allows for the reduction of barriers in the exchange of health information. Substantial work flow efficiencies and cost reductions may be realized by reducing these barriers, and integrating information exchange among different providers and healthcare systems. Some of the avenues in which these efficiencies and cost reductions are likely to be achieved are through easier access to test results, reduction in medication errors, quality monitoring and improvement methodologies, and increased consumer choice. In recognition of the potential for these improvements, New York State has provided funding to regional entities (Regional Health Information Organizations—RHIO'S) whose role is to assist practice providers in the development, implementation, and integration of these interoperable IT systems. New York State has also provided funding to evaluate the technology implementations facilitated by the RHIOs. The investigators will be working with health care providers that have been assisted by the Greater Rochester RHIO.
Depending on the unique characteristics of the hardware and software that is developed and implemented, there may be variations in operational flow that effect efficiency in the ambulatory care setting. The goal of our study is to measure and evaluate the effects of interoperable IT systems in the work flow practices of providers that have implemented them in the ambulatory care setting.
|United States, New York|
|University of Rochester|
|Rochester, New York, United States, 14642|
|Principal Investigator:||Peter W Crane, MD, MBA||University of Rochester|