Application of the Informatics Stack framework to describe a population-level emergency department return visit continuous quality improvement program.

Affiliation

Division of Emergency Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada; Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, United States. Electronic address: [Email]

Abstract

Population health programs are increasingly reliant on Health Information Technology (HIT). Program HIT architecture description is a necessary step prior to evaluation. Several sociotechnical frameworks have been used previously with HIT programs. The Informatics Stack is a novel framework that provides a thorough description of HIT program architecture. The Emergency Department Return Visit Quality Program (EDRVQP) is a population-level continuous quality improvement (QI) program connecting EDs across Ontario. The objectives of the study were to utilize the Informatics Stack to provide a description of the EDRVQP HIT architecture and to delineate population health program factors that are enablers or barriers.

Keywords

Emergency department,Information technology,Patient safety,Public health informatics,Quality improvement,

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