HYATTSVILLE, Md. – A team of researchers from nonprofit health care provider MedStar Health has been awarded an 18-month contract from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to develop and test technical tools and apps that can be used to collect patient-reported outcome data.
This federal contract was awarded through AHRQ’s ACTION III funding mechanism, and is one of three contracts that have been awarded to MedStar Health as part of this federal contract vehicle.
“Ensuring that patients have a way to report on outcomes that are meaningful to them is critical to the delivery of safe and effective care,” said Dr. Neil Weissman, chief scientific officer at MedStar Health, in a statement. “The growth of data science as part of clinical care is helping us at MedStar Health to turn this data into improved quality of life for our patients. The ongoing collaboration through the ACTION III network will help to advance the health of patients beyond our care sites and community.”
Georgetown University and the CAPRICORN Practice-Based Research Network (PBRN) are collaborators on this project.
The research team will work with key stakeholders to collect information on the usability and functional requirements for two apps designed to collect patient-reported outcome data on physical functioning. The apps will be pilot-tested and evaluated in 10 diverse primary and specialty care practices across MedStar Health and eight CAPRICORN primary care sites. The apps will be evaluated on the success of data collection and integration of these data within the electronic health record for clinical decisions, quality improvement and research.