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Speeches & Testimony

Date   Title
6/21/06 Testimony on Accelerating the Adoption of Health Information Technology
5/10/06 Arming Health Care Consumers: Testimony before Congress by Carolyn Clancy
5/26/05 AHRQ's Health IT Initiative: A "Real-World" Laboratory
5/18/05 Testimony on Telemedicine Activities at the Department of Health and Human Services
11/18/97 Statement on Health Care Research and Quality Improvement

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Research Findings

Agency Press Releases
Date   Title
3/13/08 AHRQ Awards $5 Million To Help Integrate Clinical Decision Support Technologies into Health Care Delivery

Research Activities, May 2008:
AHRQ awards $5 million to help integrate clinical decision support technologies into health care delivery

Research Activities, April 2008:
Certain interventions have the potential to reduce costly and risky hospitalizations of the frail elderly
Conference on assisted living reveals its evolution, dearth of research, and quality of life for residents

Research Activities, February 2008:
Studies examine the impact of nurse staffing on complications, mortality, and length of hospital stay

Research Activities, January 2008:
Journal supplement explores alternative research approaches to test drug safety and effectiveness
AHRQ-sponsored project will develop strategies to optimize medical resident hours and work schedules to improve patient safety

Research Activities, November 2007:
AHRQ expands therapeutics education and research centers and adds new topics: Health IT, economics, and formularies
AHRQ announces the next phase of its Evidence-based Practice Center program

Research Activities, December 2006:
Longer anti-clotting treatment appears to lower the risk of death or a heart attack in patients with drug-eluting stents

Research Activities, July 2006:
Studies examine Federal support and ways to measure available resources for emergency medical services in rural areas

Research Activities, March 2006
AHRQ announces new program: Accelerating Change and Transformation in Organizations and Networks

Research Activities, November 2005:
More high-quality studies are needed to gauge the safety of induced labor in women who have had prior cesarean deliveries

Research Activities, October 2005:
AHRQ awards over $22.3 million in health information technology implementation grants

Research Activities, July 2005:
Researchers examine prevalence of and testing for celiac disease
First phase of reviews are beginning under AHRQ's new research program on the effectiveness of health care interventions

Research Activities, June 2005:
AHRQ is supportive of nursing research and encourages nurses to work with the agency in various capacities
AHRQ awards more than $8 million to further implementation of evidence-based patient safety findings

Research Activities, May 2005:
AHRQ-sponsored "Summit" brings together health care leaders to consider next steps in improving health care quality
AHRQ and DOD release compendium of patient safety studies showing accomplishments and challenges that lie ahead
AHRQ announces a major step in improving quality of care
AHRQ supports health services research training, including career development grants

Research Activities, April 2005:
AHRQ director issues quality challenge at national summit and announces State-specific quality data

Research Activities, January 2005:
AHRQ's evidence-based health care programs focus on improving practice and policy

Research Activities, December 2004:
Major health plans and organizations join AHRQ in working to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in health care
AHRQ announces list of priority conditions for research under the Medicare Modernization Act

Research Activities, November 2004:
AHRQ provides many funding opportunities for nursing research

Research Activities, September 2004:
Researchers examine trends in spending on drugs for Medicare beneficiaries and insurance coverage for children
Researchers examine the effects of financial and nonfinancial incentives on health care use, costs, and quality

Research Activities, May 2004:
Conference participants outline research agenda for pediatric outpatient safety

Research Activities, September 2003:
AHRQ policy on the inclusion of priority populations in research commences October 1st

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