AHRQ To Prioritize Funding for Health IT Safety Research Projects

February 13, 2014 in News

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has announced that it will use part of its $4 million health IT research budget to support projects that study the “high impact” safety risks of electronic health record systems, Bloomberg BNA‘s “Health Care Blog” reports.

In a special emphasis notice, AHRQ said that it will prioritize funding for research grant applications that focus on “promot[ing] post-deployment safety testing of EHRs for high prevalence, high impact EHR-related patient safety risks and focused research demonstration projects that provide evidence to inform the safe use of health IT.”

AHRQ also plans to prioritize grant applications that focus on other health IT-related patient safety issues, such as EHR system integrity and EHR downtime mitigation strategies (Ruoff, “Health Care Blog,” Bloomberg BNA, 2/10).

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