The mission of Insight, Westat's Center for Health Information Technology, is to improve health through the insightful use of technology.

Our Center's skilled professionals understand and leverage health information technologies (IT) to inform the delivery of safe, efficient, effective, high-quality care. We are able to accelerate health IT innovation and adoption by translating scientific findings into practical applications.


Westat offers expertise in health information systems across provider settings. We have hands-on experience with the spectrum of health IT issues:

  • Personal health records
  • Electronic health records
  • Telehealth and mobile health
  • Health information exchange
  • Nuances around their use, optimization, and evaluation

Our expert staff includes physician and nurse informaticians, health services researchers, health policy analysts, economists, human factor engineers, communications experts, survey experts, statisticians, and epidemiologists. Our capabilities include study design, implementation, data collection, and evaluation. We support the full cycle of health IT.


Knowledge Sharing Network (KSN)

Westat is creating and managing the Knowledge Sharing Network (KSN) for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Anticipating Unintended Consequences of Health IT/Exchange

Westat is supporting the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, HHS, to identify the unintended consequences of health IT implementation and devise strategies to prevent or mitigate them.

Developing a Model Electronic Health Record Format for Children

Westat is leading a team in developing a "model format" for an electronic health record (EHR) that would be optimal for the care of children.

What's New

Safety Assurance Factors for EHR Resilience (SAFER) Guides Released


The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology released the Safety Assurance Factors for EHR Resilience (SAFER) Guides. The guides were developed by national health informatics experts and supported by Westat as part of our project examining the unintended consequences of health IT and health information exchange.

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Westat Presented Findings of VA Health Information Exchange Initiative at AMIA


Westat researchers presented selected findings at the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) Annual Symposium held in Washington, DC, November 16-20, 2013. The findings were based on a 2-year evaluation of electronic health information exchange (HIE) through the Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record (VLER Health) in 12 pilot site communities across the United States.

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