Transforming Healthcare Quality Through Information Technology (Thqit) Planning Grants

The summary for the Transforming Healthcare Quality Through Information Technology (Thqit) Planning Grants grant is detailed below. This summary states who is eligible for the grant, how much grant money will be awarded, current and past deadlines, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) numbers, and a sampling of similar government grants. Verify the accuracy of the data provides by visiting the webpage noted in the Link to Full Announcement section or by contacting the appropriate person listed as the Grant Announcement Contact. If any section is incomplete, please visit the website for the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality, which is the U.S. government agency offering this grant.
Transforming Healthcare Quality Through Information Technology (Thqit) Planning Grants: The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) announces the availability of planning grants to assist healthcare systems and their partners in planning for activities that will lead to successful implementation of health information technology (HIT) to promote and improve patient safety and the quality of healthcare. The objective of this Request for Applications (RFA) is to support community-wide planning processes across multiple healthcare organizations within a local or regional area that will enable them to develop HIT infrastructure that provides for effective exchange of health information within the community. Successful planning efforts should also allow them to compete for future funding for implementation activities. Applicants may use these funds for planning development of important infrastructure components including, but not limited to, computer networks, hardware, software, personnel, project management, and quality improvement and research capacity. AHRQ is particularly interested in supporting community-wide collaborative partnerships that include acute care hospitals, clinics, health care providers, and other health delivery organization (e.g., public health) that will also help to provide effective HIT tools for immediate access to complete and timely health care information in diverse health care settings (e.g., ambulatory care, long-term care - including home health) that involve all AHRQ identified priority populations. Through this initiative, AHRQ seeks to support collaborative planning processes that will result in standards-based data sharing across multiple care sites and lead to measurable and sustainable improvements in patient safety and quality of care. Projects presented for consideration under this RFA should comply with the Agencys policy regarding the inclusion of priority populations (http://grants/nih/gov/grants/notice-files/NOT-HS-03-010.html). Further information on the requirements is listed in the special requirements section of this RFA. It is anticipated that after completion of these planning grants, recipients will be in a position to compete for subsequent AHRQ funding in Fiscal Year (FY) 2005 (contingent upon funding availability) that will assist them to implement HIT successfully in their organizations and measure its impact on patient safety and both the quality and costs of care. This RFA includes an area of special emphasis with a portion of the total funding specifically set aside for projects involving rural and small hospitals and communities. This RFA is one in a series of solicitations to be issued by AHRQ in FY 04 on the use of HIT to improve patient safety and quality of care. The solicitations form an integrated set of activities designed to explore strategies for successful planning and implementation of HIT solutions in communities and to demonstrate the value of HIT in patient safety and both quality and costs of care. The FY 04 HIT initiative will place particular emphasis on the challenges facing rural and small communities in integrating HIT into their healthcare delivery systems. In addition to this RFA, other grants and contracts to be released as part of this program include: 1. Transforming Healthcare Quality Through Information Technology (THQIT) Implementation Grants - a series of implementation grants to evaluate the effects of HIT on improving patient safety and both quality and cost of healthcare. The objective of this RFA is to support implementation and diffusion of HIT information exchange and sharing and to assess the extent to which HIT contributes to measurable and sustainable improvements in patient safety and both quality and costs of care. Research resulting from this RFA should inform AHRQ, providers, patients, payers, policy makers, and the public about how community-wide HIT can be successfully implemented in diverse health care settings and lead to safer and better health for all Americans. 2. Demonstrating the Value of Health Information Technology Grants - This RFA will focus on the value derived from the adoption and utilization of HIT to improve patient safety and quality of care. This RFA will solicit proposals to elucidate and quantify the value of HIT to providers, patients, purchasers, payers, policymakers, and other important stakeholders. Research resulting from this RFA should provide important information on the direct and indirect costs and benefits of HIT and inform decision makers about facilitators and barriers to HIT adoption, including various forms of incentives and disincentives. 3. Health Information Technology Resource Center - The center will provide technical assistance to grantees; serve as a repository for best practice assimilation and diffusion; help develop, maintain and export executable knowledge for clinicians and patients; offer expert HIT support for providers and communities; perform and sponsor educational activities; and develop and disseminate tools to help providers and organizations utilize HIT to improve patient safety and quality of care in their communities.
Federal Grant Title: Transforming Healthcare Quality Through Information Technology (Thqit) Planning Grants
Federal Agency Name: Agency for Health Care Research and Quality
Grant Categories: Health Education
Type of Opportunity: Discretionary
Funding Opportunity Number: RFA-HS-04-010
Type of Funding: Grant
CFDA Numbers: 93.22693.879
CFDA Descriptions: Research on Healthcare Costs, Quality and Outcomes 93.879 Medical Library Assistance
Current Application Deadline: No deadline provided
Original Application Deadline: Apr 22, 2004
Posted Date: Jan 29, 2004
Creation Date: Jan 29, 2004
Archive Date: Feb 11, 2005
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Cost Sharing or Matching: No
Applicants Eligible for this Grant
State governments County governments City or township governments Special district governments Independent school districts Public and State controlled institutions of higher education Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized) Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments) Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education Private institutions of higher education For profit organizations other than small businesses Small businesses
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