HITEC is the evaluation center for the HRSA Special Projects of National Significance (SPNS) Information Technology Networks of Care Initiative. Six demonstration sites are implementing electronic network systems to interconnect providers at different care locations. The goal of these systems is to promote health information exchange to improve the delivery, continuity, and quality of care to people living with HIV/AIDS who receive services in publicly-funded settings. Using a mixed methods design, HITEC seeks to answer the following questions:
- What are the barriers and facilitators to the implementation of health information electronic network systems among sites serving people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS?
- What characteristics of electronic network systems are associated with improved care?
- Are there patients for whom this works better?
- How do electronic network systems improve continuity across sites?