Health information technology needs help from primary care researchers

J Am Board Fam Med. May-Jun 2015;28(3):306-10. doi: 10.3122/jabfm.2015.03.140246.

Abstract

While health information technology (HIT) efforts are beginning to yield measurable clinical benefits, more is needed to meet the needs of patients and clinicians. Primary care researchers are uniquely positioned to inform the evidence-based design and use of technology. Research strategies to ensure success include engaging patient and clinician stakeholders, working with existing practice-based research networks, and using established methods from other fields such as human factors engineering and implementation science. Policies are needed to help support primary care researchers in evaluating and implementing HIT into everyday practice, including expanded research funding, strengthened partnerships with vendors, open access to information systems, and support for the Primary Care Extension Program. Through these efforts, the goal of improved outcomes through HIT can be achieved.

MeSH terms

  • Health Services Research*
  • Humans
  • Medical Informatics / organization & administration*
  • Primary Health Care / organization & administration*