Wednesday, February 17, 2010

AHRQ National Teleconference on Transitions in Care - Feb 24 - 3:00-4:30pm EST

Managing Patient Care Transitions: How Health IT Can Reduce Unnecessary Rehospitalization

This free 90-minute teleconference will explore the latest research on leveraging health IT to reduce rehospitalizations and the potential impact of health IT systems to improve transitions in care and quality of care.

Date: February 24, 2010
Time: 3:00 – 4:30 p.m., EST

Sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ’s) National Resource Center for Health IT


Stephen Jencks, M.D., M.P.H., is an independent consultant in health care safety and quality and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Dr. Jencks served as the Chief Scientist in the Office of Research, Senior Clinical Advisor and Director of the Quality Improvement Organization program in the Office of Clinical Standards and Quality at the Federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Brian Jack, M.D., is Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Academic Affairs in the Department of Family Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine, Boston Medical Center. Dr. Jack currently serves as principle investigator for grants from the Health Resources and Services Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and AHRQ. His work relating to improving patient safety at hospital discharge (Project RED) has earned him awards from AHRQ and the Society of Family Medicine.

Terry Field, D.Sc., is an Associate Professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and the Associate Director of the Meyers Primary Care Institute. Dr. Field has participated in grant review panels for agencies such as the National Cancer Institute and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. She is also a member of the Steering Committee for the National Cancer Institute-funded Cancer Research Network and co-leads the network's Scientific and Data Resources Core.
Dr. Jencks will provide an overview of the current state and challenges IT systems face in managing transitions in care, followed by Dr. Jack who will share his research findings on how evidence-based health IT tools can enable systems integration across care settings and issues surrounding patient support and education. He will focus on the role of health IT in improving quality of care and supporting patients transitioning from the hospital to the ambulatory settings. Dr. Field will speak to the role of health IT in supporting transitions in care in integrated delivery systems and other clinical settings. She will discuss her work in skilled nursing facilities for transitioning complex elderly patients to home care. Finally, Dr. Jencks will conclude the presentation by discussing health IT implementation issues at an institutional level and how the research findings presented by the Drs. Jack and Field affect these implementation efforts.

To register for the teleconference, please visit and select "Register."

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