AHRQ Publishes Report on Enabling Patient-Centered Care through Health IT

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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has published a new report focusing on the development of a comprehensive understanding of the impact of health information technology (IT) applications developed and implemented to enhance the provision of patient-centered care (PCC).

The main objective of Enabling Patient-Centered Care through Health Information Technology (IT) is to review the evidence on the impact of health IT that supports patient-centered care (PCC) on health care processes, clinical outcomes, intermediate outcomes (patient or provider satisfaction, health knowledge and behavior, and cost), responsiveness to needs and preferences of patients, shared decisionmaking and patient–clinician communication, and access to information.

Additional objectives were to identify barriers and facilitators for using health IT to deliver PCC, and to identify gaps in evidence and information needed by patients, providers, payers, and policymakers.

More information about Enabling Patient-Centered Care through Health Information Technology (IT) is available on the AHRQ website.

The complete Enabling Patient-Centered Care through Health Information Technology (IT) Evidence Report (Publication No. 12-E005-EF) is available here. The Executive Summary (AHRQ Publication No. 12-E005-1) is available here.

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