Volume 2, Issue 3 (2014) Lessons from the Field: Health IT-Enabled Community-Based Transformation


Unprecedented efforts to drive improvement in health care and reduce costs using health information technology (Health IT) are underway at the national, state, and community level. Given the complexity of these efforts and the rapid pace of development and change, those involved are often in a position of breaking new ground.

With support from the Commonwealth Fund, AcademyHealth’s Beacon Evidence and Innovation Network is sponsoring this special issue in eGEMs to capture important insights and lessons from these efforts so that others can learn from their experiences. Dr. Jonathan Weiner and Dr. Hadi Kharrazi, from the Center for Population Health Information Technology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, will be serving as guest editors for this special issue.

All manuscripts must be received by April 18, 2014.

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Invited Perspectives and Topics

We are particularly interested in initiatives that emphasize ways to share, integrate and use new data sources, including but not limited to electronic clinical data from EHRs or patient generated data from mobile devices or applications. Within this context, we encourage papers from community-based initiatives (E.g., Beacon Communities, Aligning Forces for Quality Alliances) that address one or more of the following specific topic areas:

  • Challenges and solutions associated with collection and collation of community-wide data sources (e.g., data standards, technical or organizational innovations, protocols for assuring data quality and timeliness).
  • Approaches for establishing or expanding community-wide health information exchange or other cross-community Health IT capabilities (e.g., IT architecture, organizational or partnership innovations, governance)
  • Strategies for designing and implementing effective Health IT enabled community-wide interventions targeted at consumers, clinicians or other key parties (e.g., workflow redesign, user interface, analytics tools, innovations in decision support)
  • Methods for engaging key stakeholders to assure dissemination (e.g., consumer group involvement in communications strategy) and sustainability (e.g., financing models, payer/provider partnerships)

We seek papers that focus on the process of transformation, rather than on an assessment of end results. Therefore, submissions that emphasize practical experiential learning, methods or tools that community- based or other cross-organization consortia can adapt to future efforts will be of particular interest. The focus of these collaborative initiatives may be the improvement of health care quality, efficiency, or equity on broad population and/or public health targets.

Why Submit?

  • Contribute your knowledge to important and timely discussions about application of health IT to community-based quality improvement, population health initiatives, or clinical transformation efforts.
  • Have confidence papers will be reviewed in a timely manner by a committee of peers with relevant Health IT experience and expertise.
  • Achieve a broad readership enabled by free, open access to publications. In the past year, eGEMs publications have been downloaded more than 10,000 times!


If you are unsure about whether your effort is in scope for this special issue, we would be pleased to review a one page abstract in advance of the April 18, 2014 manuscript deadline. Please submit your abstract or any questions to Abigail Schachter at abigail.schachter@academyhealth.org.


Jonathan Weiner, DrPH
Hadi Kharrazi, MHI, MD, PhD
Assistant Director
Center for Population Health Information Technology
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Submission Instructions

To submit your manuscript:
  1. Go to the submission form. (Note: You may be prompted to log-in or create a free account to access the form.)
  2. When prompted, select the issue type “Special: HIT” on the drop-down menu.
  3. Complete your submission by filling out the remaining required fields, uploading your document, and clicking 'Submit.'

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