Health Information Technology Policy
Medicaid’s Role in HIT Adoption
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has helped drive the nation’s strategy to improve health care quality through appropriate and effective use of health information technology (HIT). As of August 2006, the AHRQ HIT initiative included more than $160 million in grants and contracts to support and stimulate HIT investment in 41 states, particularly in rural and underserved areas.
The purpose of this study was twofold:
- Clarify key issues and challenges for Medicaid’s participation in HIT efforts
- Present opportunities for state Medicaid agencies to leverage HIT to control costs and improve the quality of care
The project was conducted from October 2005 to August 2006. Findings and recommendations in this report reflect the work of a national advisory committee comprised of Medicaid policy and HIT experts, literature and web reviews, interviews with state and federal agencies, and feedback from an expert panel meeting held in May 2006.