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AHRQ Health Care Innovations Exchange

Looking for case studies on how to improve quality or reduce disparities in health care? The Health Care Innovations Exchange from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is a good place to check.

AHRQ defines innovation as any new or altered product, service, process, system, policy, organization structure, or business model, but the innovation must be freely available, effective, truly innovative within its setting or target population, and focused on health care quality.  Technical, clinical, and educational innovations are generally excluded. The Agency invites submissions that receive an editorial review, with the innovations described in this general format:


  • Summary
  • Evidence rating
  • Developing organizations
  • Date first implemented

What they did

  • Problem addressed
  • Description of innovative activity
  • References/related articles
  • Contact the innovator
  • Innovator disclosures

Did it work?

  • Results
  • Evidence rating

How they did it

  • Context of the innovation
  • Planning and development context
  • Resources used and skills needed
  • Funding sources
  • Tools and other resources

Adoption considerations

  • Getting started with this innovation
  • Sustaining the innovation
  • Additional considerations and lessons
  • Use by other organizations

Those using the Exchange can browse or search by topics in these categories:

  • Disease or clinical category
  • Patient care process
  • Setting of care
  • Quality improvement goals and mechanisms
  • Patient population groups
  • Stage of care
  • Institute of Medicine (IOM) domains of quality
  • Organizational process
  • Quality tool topics
  • State

By registering on the site, users can sign up to receive alerts and updates, save innovations of interest, and share comments.


AHRQ Health Care Innovations Exchange. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, accessed Aug. 26, 2013 at http://www.innovations.ahrq.gov/

AHRQ health care innovations exchange: combined inclusion criteria for health care service delivery innovations and health care policy innovations. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, accessed Aug. 26, 2013 at http://www.innovations.ahrq.gov/inclusion/combined.aspx

Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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