ADDENDUM – CERTs (RFA-HS-07-004) and Coordinating Center for the AHRQ CERTs Program (RFA-HS-07-008)

Notice Number: NOT-HS-07-005

Key Dates
Release Date: October 11, 2006

Issued by
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

On September 27, 2006, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) published two Centers for Education and Research on Therapeutics (CERTs) Funding Opportunity Announcements (RFA-HS-07-004 and RFA-HS-07-008).  With this addendum, AHRQ announces the intention to fund an additional CERTs program Research Center.  AHRQ intends to commit up to $1 million to fund a Health Information Technology (IT) CERTs Research Center.  This amount is in addition to the funding level described in the published RFA ( and  and one additional award will be made. Competition for these additional funds is open to all applicants eligible to respond under RFA-HS-07-004 and RFA-HS-07-008.  In addition to new applicant organizations, currently funded CERTs Research Centers are also eligible to apply for the Health IT program funds as a separate proposal.

The research objectives of the AHRQ Health IT CERTs Center are to develop, demonstrate and disseminate evidence and related educational/translational materials on the role and use of health IT tools in the safe and effective use of therapeutics in keeping with the goals and framework of the CERTs program.  Potential areas of study include:

•    Barriers and opportunities to the utilization of health IT based medication management systems by pharmacists, pharmacies, nurses, prescribers, and patients.
•   Information sharing, prescribing, and efficacy/safety monitoring of prescription drugs across multiple care settings using health IT.
•   Improved health IT tools for providers, care givers and patients, including tools to enhance coordination of care among multiple providers.
•   Use of health IT tools to achieve integration and optimization of therapeutics, including applications such as decision support and other health IT tools.
•   Utilization of health IT to obtain information about medication use by patients, including the use of relevant and potentially interacting nonprescription drugs and nutritional supplements.
•   Research methods that improve the quality, safety, and effectiveness of medication use and other therapeutic interventions using health IT.
•   Use of health IT to improve therapeutic decision making, including providing evidence-based information about the safety and effectiveness of therapies to patients and health care providers.
•   Use of health IT for patient education including enhancing patient provider communication.

Applicants should follow all submission instructions and adhere to other guidelines in the parent RFAs.


Jon White, MD
Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships
540 Gaither Road
Rockville, MD 20850
Telephone:  (301) 427-1171

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