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HSR Call for Papers - Special Issue

Health Information Technology

Submission deadline:  December 28, 2012

Sponsor: Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

Health Services Research and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology are partnering to publish a special issue on health information technology. The aim of this special issue is to provide health services research and policy audiences an understanding of the progress in health IT that has been made under the Healthcare Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act of 2009 and to highlight research on health IT.

The HITECH Act of 2009 seeks to improve health care delivery and patient care through an unprecedented investment in health information technology. The provisions of the HITECH Act are specifically designed to work together to provide the necessary assistance and technical support to providers, enable coordination and alignment within and among states, establish connectivity to the public health community in case of emergencies, and ensure the workforce is properly trained and equipped to be meaningful users of electronic health records.

This issue will consist of exemplary papers that demonstrate trends in adoption and meaningful use of health IT and the role of health IT in enabling improvements in health care delivery and outcomes. Empirical research should be distinguished by its methodological rigor and ability to provide important findings that advance the knowledge base on health information technology.

Topics of special interest include:

  • Building and strengthening the health IT infrastructure and exchange capabilities for sustainable health care quality and efficiency;
  • Translating short run health IT investments to measureable improvements in cost, quality and population health;
  • Developing innovative approaches to performance measurement, technology and care delivery to accelerate evidence generation for new approaches;
  • Issues related to health IT’s role in care delivery such as access to and utilization of health services, practice variation, technology assessment, and health care workforce issues;
  • Evaluation of national demonstration programs—particularly those focusing on the use of health IT for disease prevention, chronic disease management, and community-based efforts to integrate services or promote health.

Manuscript submissions may include, but are not limited to:

  • Empirical research assessing the value of health IT
  • Methods articles and briefs involving the development of new quantitative or qualitative methods and tools, the application of current methods in novel ways, the introduction of methods from other disciplines, and examination of the pros and cons of using different methods as they relate to health IT
  • Systematic literature syntheses on the state of health IT
  • Research briefs highlighting incremental contributions to the literature such as validation or extensions of previous work, single-setting studies, or case studies
  • Policy impact essays on the impact of health IT research on policy and managerial decision makers, the overall relationship between health IT research and the users of research
  • Debates/commentaries that feature pro and con views on important, controversial issues or commentary on an article in the issue

Criteria for selection of original research manuscripts will include:

  • Methodological quality, rigor, and originality
  • Original contribution and advancement to knowledge of health IT research
  • Clarity of writing and presentation

Key dates for authors:

  • Deadline for receipt of manuscripts: December 28, 2012
  • Potential advance online publication dates: August 2013 – December 2013 Print publication date for the Special Issue: February 2014

Manuscript guidelines:

Manuscripts submitted for this Special Issue will undergo the usual HSR peer review process, coordinated by Special Issue Guest Editors David Blumenthal, M.D., M.P.P. and Rainu Kaushal, M.D., MPH and HSR Senior Associate Editor Albert L. Siu, M.D., M.S.P.H.

Manuscript guidelines: http://www.hsr.org/hsr/information/authors/instrucauthors.jsp

Submit Manuscripts for this Special Issue:

http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/hsr Please choose manuscript type: "Special Issue (14): Health Information Technology (open call)"

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