AHRQ Seeks Research Proposals on Using Health IT To Improve Patient-Reported Outcomes

Issue #548
AHRQ News Now is a weekly newsletter that highlights agency research and program activities.
January 3, 2017

AHRQ Stats: MRSA in California

In 2013, 8 percent of patients in California with MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) acquired the infection during a hospital stay. (Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project Statistical Brief #212, Hospital-, Health Care-, and Community-Acquired MRSA: Estimates From California Hospitals, 2013.)

Today's Headlines:

AHRQ Seeks Research Proposals on Using Health IT To Improve Patient-Reported Outcomes

A new funding opportunity announcement from AHRQ seeks grant applications to conduct research that demonstrates how health information technology (IT) can improve patient-centered health outcomes. Applications should focus on the scale and spread of health IT-enabled practice models that use patient-reported outcome measures in primary care and other ambulatory settings. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis; the first due date is Jan. 25.

AHRQ Develops New Safety Program for Healing Pressure Ulcers

A new training guide has been added to AHRQ's online resources for helping nursing homes manage pressure ulcers. The guide, part of AHRQ's Safety Program for Nursing Homes: On-Time Pressure Ulcer Healing, includes videos and exercises for training facilitators to show nursing home staff how on-time reports can track pressure ulcers that are healing too slowly or are at risk for slow healing. Other online resources include an overview of on-time pressure ulcer healing, sample on-time reports and an assessment tool for report implementation.

Jan. 11 Webinar To Explore Learning Strategies To Improve TeamSTEPPS® Deployment

Register now for a webinar on Jan. 11, from 1 to 2 p.m. ET, "Brain-Based Learning Strategies to Improve TeamSTEPPS® Deployment and Health Care High Reliability." Oren Guttman, M.D., M.B.A., director of multidisciplinary team training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, will explain how learning, from the perspective of cognitive neuroscience, is the successful processing of information. TeamSTEPPS is AHRQ's evidence-based set of teamwork tools, aimed at optimizing patient outcomes by improving communication and teamwork skills among health care professionals. Webinar participants will learn about the impact of cognitive load theory in learning; understand cognitive differences between novices and experts, strategies to accelerate learning, and related implications; and understand the role of error management theory as a strategy to accelerate novice learning.

AHRQ, CMS, ONC Integrate Electronic Clinical Quality Improvement Resource Center With United States Health Information Knowledgebase

AHRQ, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology have integrated the electronic Clinical Quality Improvement (eCQI) Resource Center with the United States Health Information Knowledgebase (USHIK). USHIK is a publicly available database with technical measures and specifications for calculating quality metrics established for federal health care reimbursements. The recent integration allows users to compare different versions and metadata of electronic Clinical Quality Measures. Users can also download measure version details in several file formats for use in different software programs. Links to this new functionality are found in the measure tables within the Eligible Hospitals and Eligible Professionals sections of the eCQI Resource Center.

AHRQ Offers Continuing Education Resources

AHRQ offers continuing education videos and articles on a range of health care topics, including patient safety and patient-centered outcomes research findings. The continuing education activities summarize reviews of evidence on the effectiveness and safety of treatments and strategies for improving patient care. These resources provide health care providers with skills and information to support individual decision-making and patient management. Access activities available at no cost and obtain continuing education credit.

Featured Case Study: Utah Health Care System Uses AHRQ-Funded "OpenInfobutton" for Prompt Medical Information

Intermountain Healthcare, a large health care system in Utah and southeastern Idaho, uses the AHRQ-funded "OpenInfobutton" to help its members obtain online clinical information about their health conditions and lab results. Access the case study.

AHRQ in the Professional Literature

Centralized reminder/recall to increase immunization rates in young children: how much bang for the buck? Kempe A, Saville AW, Beaty B, et al. Acad Pediatr 2016 Nov 29. [Epub ahead of print.] Access the abstract on PubMed®.

Ready for change? The role of physician and staff engagement, burnout, and workplace attributes. Hung D, Chen PH. J Ambul Care Manage 2016 Nov 23. [Epub ahead of print.] Access the abstract on PubMed®.

Evolving use of seizure medications after intracerebral hemorrhage: a multicenter study. Naidech AM, Beaumont J, Jahromi B, et al. Neurology 2017 Jan 3;88(1):52-6. Epub 2016 Nov 18. Access the abstract on PubMed®.

Reliability of 30-day readmission measures used in the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program. Thompson MP, Kaplan CM, Cao Y, et al. Health Serv Res 2016 Dec;51(6):2095-2114. Epub 2016 Oct 21. Access the abstract on PubMed®.

Association of obesity, BMI, and Hispanic ethnicity on ambulatory status in children with spinal dysraphism followed near the California-Mexico border. McDonald ML, Huang A, Proudfoot JA, et al. J Health Care Poor Underserved 2016;27(4):1956-69. Access the abstract on PubMed®.

Conflict of interest policies and industry relationships of guideline development group members: a cross-sectional study of clinical practice guidelines for depression. Cosgrove L, Krimsky S, Wheeler EE, et al. Account Res 2017;24(2):99-115. Epub 2016 Oct 24. Access the abstract on PubMed®.

Using trip diaries to mitigate route risk and risky driving behavior among older drivers. Payyanadan RP, Maus A, Sanchez FA, et al. Accid Anal Prev 2016 Oct 6. [Epub ahead of print.] Access the abstract on PubMed®.

Comparison of approaches for heart failure case identification from electronic health record data. Blecker S, Katz SD, Horwitz LI, et al. JAMA Cardiol 2016 Dec 1;1(9):1014-20. Access the abstract on PubMed®.

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