AHRQ Health IT Portal Infrastructure Management and Website Design and Usability Support

he Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded Vecna Technologies, Inc. an IDIQ/Task Order contract through which individual Task Orders will be awarded to maintain, serve, and support the AHRQ National Resource Center for Health Information Technology (NRC). Vecna Technologies’ Consulting Division will support the Research Triangle Institute ( RTI) by serving as domain experts on Health IT Portal Infrastructure Management and Website Design and Usability Support. The AHRQ NRC is a vital component of the Department of Health and Human Service’s strategy to improve healthcare quality and efficiency through the widespread adoption of health IT. The AHRQ NRC serves a unique role in that it is the only federally funded body that provides direct funding for the implementation and evaluation of various forms of health IT, including but not limited to: Electronic Health Records (EHRs), telemedicine, Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE), and Health Information Exchange (HIE). Because of its central position as a research clearinghouse for grantees across the nation, the AHRQ NRC can quickly disseminate knowledge and best practices observed by the projects it supports. By way of the AHRQ NRC web site, health providers, administrators, and researchers share lessons learned for how best to improve healthcare quality, safety, and efficiency in the United States through successful health IT adoption and usage. This knowledge is available to the public in various forms, including informal discussion boards, national teleconferences, peer-reviewed white papers, issue briefs and official reports. Please direct inquiries regarding this vehicle to Vecna’s Federal Program Director, Rob Lecker. (703) 998-5333 rlecker@vecna.com