AHRQ Tools

Tools from the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (ARHQ)

AHRQ Funded Project Resources Archives – Since 2004, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Digital Healthcare Research Program has funded projects to develop an evidence base for how technology improves healthcare decision-making, supports patient-centered care, and improves the quality and safety of medication management. Search archived projects at https://digital.ahrq.gov/ahrq-funded-project.

Children’s Electronic Health Record Format – This format provides information about critical functionality, data elements and other requirements that need to be present in an EHR system to address health care needs specific to the care of children, especially those enrolled in Medicaid or CHIP. https://digital.ahrq.gov/ahrq-funded-projects/development-model-electronic-health-record-format-children/publication

Health Information Exchange Evaluation Toolkit – Evaluations allow us to determine whether or not what one has set out to accomplish has been accomplished, and to help us to understand what has worked in a given project and what has not. https://digital.ahrq.gov/health-it-tools-and-resources/health-it-bibliography/evaluation-studies-health-it/hie-evaluation

HIT Literacy Guide – This guide and checklist provide resources for the development of HIT. https://digital.ahrq.gov/health-it-literacy-guide

The Prevention TaskForce – The Prevention TaskForce (formerly ePSS) application assists primary care clinicians to identify the screening, counseling, and preventive medication services that are appropriate for their patients. The Prevention TaskForce data is based on the current recommendations of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) and can be searched by specific patient characteristics, such as age, sex/gender, and selected behavioral risk factors. When using this tool please read the specific recommendation to determine if the preventive service is appropriate for your patient. This tool is not meant to replace clinical judgment and individualized patient care. https://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/apps/

Time and Motions Studies Database – The application of computing to health care changes how, when, and where clinicians collect and retrieve patient information. Measuring the impacts of technology on clinical tasks often involves performing a time and motion study. https://digital.ahrq.gov/time-and-motion-studies-database