Findings and Lessons From the AHRQ Ambulatory Safety and Quality Program – Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (ACHS) – August 2013

Posted on December 11, 2013. Filed under: Chronic Disease Mgmt, Clin Governance / Risk Mgmt / Quality, Health Informatics | Tags: , |

Findings and Lessons From the AHRQ Ambulatory Safety and Quality Program – Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (ACHS) – August 2013

Extract from the executive summary

“A large and growing number of clinical services are delivered in ambulatory care settings such as physician offices, hospital-based outpatient clinics, and public health and other types of clinics. Patients seen in ambulatory settings vary widely in terms of health status and the types and severity of illnesses. Ambulatory care is often logistically complex, depending upon coordination and exchange of information both within and across organizations to address patients’ interrelated medical care and social support needs. Ambulatory care providers must also help patients navigate effectively and efficiently through the health care system to achieve optimal outcomes, in accordance with patient preferences. Appropriate implementation and use of health information technology (IT) systems such as electronic health records (EHRs), personal health records (PHRs), and health information exchange (HIE) systems can support the delivery of ambulatory care. These systems can provide clinicians with information and decision support, engage patients and support self-management, and facilitate communication among clinicians and between clinicians and patients.

In 2007, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) launched the Ambulatory Safety and Quality (ASQ) program to foster research on how to improve the safety and quality of ambulatory health care in the United States. This report is the fifth in a series of reports highlighting findings and lessons from the health IT-focused ASQ program initiatives. It summarizes the experiences and findings from those initiatives, organized according to key aspects of ambulatory care that can be supported and improved through the use of health IT.”

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