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VHA plays leading role in health information technology implementation and research
Date:2/21/2013

Philadelphia, Pa. (February 21, 2013) - The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is aiming to become a leader in using health information technology (HIT) to change the way patients experience medical care, to decrease medical mistakes, and to improve health outcomes. A special March supplement of Medical Care highlights new research into the many and varied types of HIT projects being explored to improve the quality of patient care throughout the VHA system. Medical Care is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health.

The special issue also maps out key areas for future research to develop and evaluate effective approaches for using HIT for ongoing quality improvement in healthcare. "Our research infrastructure is critical to supporting the type of HIT innovation that can support changes in the way we organize and deliver care," according to an editorial comment by the VHA's Dr. David Atkins, Acting Director of Health Services Research and Development, and Dr. Theresa Cullen, Director of Health Informatics.

VHA Provides Leadership in HIT Research for Quality Improvement

Health information technology' is a loose term describing an ever-increasing range of tools and technologies. "The unifying element is not that they involve technology but that they introduce novel ways to collect and analyze health data and to extract knowledge from the data to inform decisions," Drs. Atkins and Cullen write. Since the early development of health information systems in the 1980s, the VHA has played a leadership role in health informatics.

But the HIT landscape continues to change rapidly, with increased computing power, cha
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Contact: Connie Hughes
connie.hughes@wolterskluwer.com
646-674-6348
Wolters Kluwer Health
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