Evaluating the Organizational Impact of Health Care Information Systems / Edition 2

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Innovative 2nd edition, heavily updated and revised from the 1st edition

Introduction to various survey and evaluation methods involving IT systems in the healthcare setting

Critical overview of current research in health and social sciences

Emphasizes multi-method approach to system evaluation

Includes instruments suitable for research and evaluation

Discusses computer programs for data analysis and evaluation resources

Essential reference for anyone involved in planning, developing, implementing, utilizing, evaluating, or studying computer-based health care systems

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Reviewer: Stephanie Kitt, MSN (Northwestern Memorial Hospital)
Description: This book on evaluating the organizational impact of healthcare information systems is a second edition from a Health Informatics series originally launched in 1988 as Computers in Healthcare. The book provides a clear guide for evaluating the impact of computerized information systems on organizations, healthcare professionals' quality of work life, and cost of healthcare delivery. It is a practical guide to analysis reinforced by reported research studies.
Purpose: Designed as a practical guide for determining appropriate questions to effectively analyze healthcare information systems, it defines the most effective methods available to answer those questions. Considering the current need for dramatic improvements in healthcare delivery, and the promise of clinical information systems to leverage information to improve care, there is a growing need for literature such as this to study and evaluate the use and impact of information technology in healthcare.
Audience: According to the authors, the book is written for computer system developers, administrators, healthcare policy analysts, chief information officers, investigators, and others involved in evaluating the impacts of computerized information systems on the structure and functioning of healthcare organizations, the quality of work life for professionals and others working in healthcare, and the cost effective delivery of healthcare. I would also add clinical informatics and quality professionals to the list because, in many institutions, they are charged with system design, development, and optimization. The authors are credible, well known, and able to convey information in a very clear, easy to read format.
Features: The book includes an overview of theories on the impact of information systems on organizations and people in those organizations. It also applies the theories to guide research and evaluation. Because healthcare occurs in complex organizations, sound evaluation is crucial for examining outcomes of system design and use. Major methods used to evaluate clinical information systems are discussed as well as various approaches to evaluating collaborative environments, assessing the social impact of computers in healthcare, surveying individuals, and using the technology to facilitate analysis. Case studies are up to date and illustrate how to evaluate real-world clinical issues associated with information systems.
Assessment: I am very favorably impressed with this book. It lives up to its goal of being a practical guide to help readers in the analysis of clinical information systems. With lots of work occurring at the moment on designing and installing healthcare information systems, this book provides a ready reference to determine if you're doing it the right way and to avoid the pitfalls that others have experienced. It also is useful for those of us with systems implemented and journeying onto optimization of those systems in order to significantly improve care — the ultimate goal!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441920348
  • Publisher: Springer New York
  • Publication date: 12/1/2010
  • Series: Health Informatics Series
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of hardcover 2nd ed. 2005
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 346
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Evaluating Healthcare Information Systems: A Multimethod Approach.- Overview: Theoretical Perspectives and Methodologies for the Evaluation of Healthcare Information Systems.- Qualitative Research Methods for Evaluating Computer Information Systems.- Multiple Perspectives: Evaluating Healthcare Information Systems in Collaborative Environments.- Survey Methods for Assessing Social Impacts of Computers in Healthcare Organizations.- Using the Internet for Surveys and Research.- Cognitive Approaches to the Evaluation of Healthcare Information Systems.- Work-Sampling: A Statistical Approach to Evaluation of the Effect of Computers on Work Patterns in Health Care.- Evaluation in Health Informatics: Social Network Analysis.- Evaluation in Health Informatics: Computer Simulation.- Evaluating Healthcare Information Systems: Applications.- Computers in the Consulting Room: A Case Study of Clinician and Patient Perspectives.- Introducing Physician Order Entry at a Major Academic Medical Center: Impact on Organizational Culture and Behavior.- Introducing Physician Order Entry at a Major Academic Medical Center: Impact on Medical Education.- Evaluating the Capability of Information Technology to Prevent Adverse Drug Events: A Computer Simulation Approach.- Implementing Computers in Ambulatory Care: Implications of Physician Practice Patterns for System Design.- Nursing Documentation Time During Implementation of an Electronic Medical Record.- Computer Charting: An Evaluation of a Respiratory Care Computer System.- Research and Evaluation: Future Directions.

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