The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ, Rockville, Md.) has awarded two contracts worth a total of $5 million to the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Boston) and Yale University School of Medicine (New Haven, Conn.) to aid in the development, adoption, implementation and evaluation of best practices using clinical decision support.
The centers were selected to incorporate clinical decision support into widely used health IT products, demonstrate cross-platform utility, and establish lessons learned for clinical decision support implementation across the health IT vendor community, according to the agency. The projects will focus on translation of clinical guidelines and outcomes related to preventive health care and treatment of patients with multiple chronic illnesses. Clinicians' use of clinical decision support also will be evaluated.
For more information on AHRQ’s health information technology program, visit: http://healthit.ahrq.gov/.