We are pleased to announce that Insight Policy Research was acquired by Westat, effective June 15, 2022. Branded as “Westat Insight,” we are currently operating as a wholly owned subsidiary of Westat and continue to provide our clients with the best-in-class services they have come to expect. Our combined experience now offers expanded expertise in health, education, and social policy as well as deeper methodological skills in survey research, evaluation, data analytics, and technical assistance. Learn more here.
We are pleased to announce that Insight Policy Research was acquired by Westat, effective June 15, 2022. Branded as “Westat Insight,” we are currently operating as a wholly owned subsidiary of Westat and continue to provide our clients with the best-in-class services they have come to expect. Our combined experience now offers expanded expertise in health, education, and social policy as well as deeper methodological skills in survey research, evaluation, data analytics, and technical assistance. Learn more here.
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Projects

Self-Contained Health IT Training Modules

Project Overview

This project helped train community health centers (CHCs) and other providers to meet the challenges of selecting and migrating to use of electronic health records (EHRs). Each medical setting needs a clinician champion and a team of healthcare professionals with training in informatics to support the workflow redesign and challenges of selecting and migrating to an electronic system. This project was in part a response to various studies that identified a need for at least 50,000 additional qualified health information technology (HIT) workers to assist hospitals, CHCs, and physicians in adopting and using EHRs.

The project had three goals:

  • Assess target audience and needs among CHCs for training among current staff; included a review of meaningful use site assessments, site visits at CHCs, development of profiles of current staff and training needs, and assembly and input from a CHC advisory panel
  • Review roles and skills matrices to identify applicability, need for adaption, and gaps to meet CHC models
  • Develop and deliver a set of training modules and videos to introduce high school students to HIT, meaningful use, and related career opportunities; introduce other audiences to careers in HIT; and develop educational modules explaining meaningful use requirements and implementation considerations from the CHC perspective

Products

  • HIT careers video for CHCs (May 2012)
  • HIT careers video for high school students (May 2012)
  • Training modules (July 2012):
  • What Is HIT? for CHC staff
  • Key Roles in Implementing EHRS in CHCs
  • Key Roles in Managing and Optimizing EHRs in CHCs
  • Summary report on training modules (August 2012)