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Better Information Means Better Care: Health Information Technology

Health Information Technology Evaluation Collaborative (HITEC)

The Health Information Technology Evaluation Collaborative (HITEC) is a multi-institutional effort to evaluate and assess the impact of New York's health information technology strategy, beginning with the HEAL NY program. The process will involve the application of standardized outcome measures and rigorous evaluation methodology. HITEC is providing participating HEAL NY grantees, including Regional Health Information Organizations (RHIOs) and Community Health Information Technology Adoption collaboratives (CHITAs) with standardized surveys, standardized outcome measures, consulting on study design and other research methods for evaluation, statistical consulting, data analysis, and reports summarizing each RHIO and CHITAs findings (with anonymous comparisons to other RHIOs and CHITAs). HITEC will also conduct cross-RHIO/CHITA evaluations, thereby generating more generalizable findings. Regional and national dissemination of these findings will be a top priority. HITEC will be evaluating projects awarded under HEAL NY Phase 5 and assessing their impact on improving healthcare in New York.

Composition

HITEC is a unique academic consortium comprised of the following institutions:

  • Cornell University
  • Columbia University
  • University of Rochester
  • State University of New York at Buffalo
  • State University of New York at Albany

Members of each institution make up the HITEC Stakeholder Committee which governs the consortium's activities.

Workgroups

Evaluation plans and tools for the projects will be developed through six workgroups. Many of these evaluations will occur individually with HEAL V grantees, although some will be activities at the New York State level, such as measurement of health IT adoption or a survey of consumers across the State.

  • Health IT Adoption Measurement
  • Provider
  • Economic Value
  • Quality and Safety
  • Consumer
  • Public Health