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Research Studies is a monthly compilation of research articles funded by AHRQ or authored by AHRQ researchers and recently published in journals or newsletters.
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Schulz R, Beach SR, Matthews JT
Caregivers' willingness to pay for technologies to support caregiving.
The authors reported the results of a study designed to assess whether and how much informal caregivers are willing to pay for technologies designed to help monitor and support care recipients (CRs) in performing kitchen and personal care tasks. By web survey, they found that about 20% of caregivers were not willing to pay anything for kitchen and self-care technologies. Among those willing to pay, the mean amount was approximately $50 per month for monitoring technologies and $70 per month for technologies that both monitored and provided some assistance. Younger caregivers, those caring for a person with Alzheimer's disease, and caregivers with more positive attitudes toward and experience with technology were willing to pay more. Most caregivers felt that the government or private insurance should help pay for these technologies.
Citation: Schulz R, Beach SR, Matthews JT . Caregivers' willingness to pay for technologies to support caregiving. Gerontologist 2016 Oct;56(5):817-29. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnv033.
Keywords: Caregiving, Healthcare Costs, Health Information Technology (HIT)
Haidari LA, Brown ST, Ferguson M
The economic and operational value of using drones to transport vaccines.
Using a simulation model, the researchers performed sensitivity analyses to assess the impact of using an unmanned aerial system (UAS) for routine vaccine distribution under a range of circumstances . They found that implementing a UAS could increase vaccine availability and decrease costs in a wide range of settings and circumstances if the drones are used frequently enough to overcome the capital costs of installing and maintaining the system.
Citation: Haidari LA, Brown ST, Ferguson M . The economic and operational value of using drones to transport vaccines. Vaccine 2016 Jul 25;34(34):4062-7. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2016.06.022.
Keywords: Health Information Technology (HIT), Healthcare Costs, Vaccination
Joseph S, Sow M, Furukawa MF
AHRQ Author: Furukawa MF
HITECH spurs EHR vendor competition and innovation, resulting in increased adoption.
This study examined the impact of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH). It found increased provider adoption and also provides the first evidence of increased competitiveness and innovation in the electronic health records industry spurred by HITECH.
Citation: Joseph S, Sow M, Furukawa MF . HITECH spurs EHR vendor competition and innovation, resulting in increased adoption. Am J Manag Care. 2014 Sep;20(9):734-40..
Keywords: Health Information Technology (HIT), Healthcare Costs, Electronic Prescribing (E-Prescribing), Electronic Health Records (EHRs)
Forrester SH, Hepp Z, Roth JA
Cost-effectiveness of a computerized provider order entry system in improving medication safety ambulatory care.
The study objective was to estimate the cost-effectiveness of computerized provider order entry versus traditional paper-based prescribing in reducing medications errors and adverse drug events in the ambulatory setting of mid-sized medical group. Using a decision-analytic model, the researchers found that the adoption of CPOE in the ambulatory setting provides excellent value for the investment.
Citation: Forrester SH, Hepp Z, Roth JA . Cost-effectiveness of a computerized provider order entry system in improving medication safety ambulatory care. Value Health. 2014 Jun;17(4):340-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jval.2014.01.009..
Keywords: Health Information Technology (HIT), Adverse Drug Events (ADE), Adverse Events, Medical Errors, Medication, Patient Safety, Healthcare Costs, Value, Ambulatory Care and Surgery, Prevention