Evaluation Methods in Biomedical Informatics / Edition 2

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Heavily updated and revised from the successful first edition Appeals to a wide range of informatics professionals, from students to on-site medical information system administrators Includes case studies and real world system evaluations References and self-tests for feedback and motivation after each chapter Great for teaching purposes, the book is recommended for courses offered at universities such as Columbia University Precise definition and use of terms

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Reviewer: Anne M Bobb, BS Pharm(Northwestern Memorial Hospital)
Description: This book, part of the Health Informatics series, is the second edition of a book originally published in the mid to late 1990s that provides a thorough review of the theoretical and practical approaches to evaluation in biomedical informatics, both quantitative and qualitative, and includes examples and self-test exercises that aid the reader in concept understanding and practical application.
Purpose: It is designed to serve as a textbook for a graduate level course in informatics, as well as a general reference for those wishing to evaluate a particular aspect of the wide range of biomedical applications. In the rapidly evolving field of biomedical informatics, a thorough and practical evaluation of an application or system is of vital importance, both from the participant perspective and patient outcomes if studying a clinical intervention. The authors effectively explain the "whys" and the "how to" of evaluation.
Audience: This book was written for students training for careers in informatics who, as part of their curricula, must learn to perform evaluation studies as well as those responsible (both technical and clinical) for information systems in biomedical or health settings who wish to understand the system impact or how best to improve them. Both authors are unique in that they have an in-depth understanding of basic science of informatics as well as well as practical knowledge of the world of clinical medicine and the realities of system implementation.
Features: This book begins with the basics, by describing the need for evaluation in biomedical informatics and progresses to an in-depth review of both objectivist and subjectivist approaches to evaluation and concludes with results analysis and communication of these results. The most important aspect of the book is the authors' thoroughness in presenting the different approaches to evaluation, the reasons to use one method over another and the common pitfalls to avoid when performing an evaluation study. The use of contributors, clearly experts in their particular fields, to write certain chapters in this book further expands the information. This book is timely in that some of the biomedical evaluation studies that have been recently published in major medical journals have attracted national media attention but their methods and conclusions have been widely criticized by the informatics community. Certain chapters of this book should almost be required reading for those undertaking evaluation studies with the intent to publish, as these studies have been very effective in creating or swaying broad opinion.
Assessment: This book is a true addition to the field of biomedical informatics. In this rapidly evolving field, which typically involves interaction between computers and humans, it is easy to overestimate the positive impact of applications and systems. Thorough evaluation of these systems, studied in many different ways, is vital to the overall system's success. This book gives the reader the necessary tools to perform an appropriate evaluation of basic or applied systems with the potential to impact the entire biomedical informatics field.
Robert Hogan
This book is a significant effort to outline fundamental methods in the evaluation of existing or proposed computer systems in healthcare. The purpose is to provide a practical reference from which academic informatics experts and others involved in the serious analysis of computer systems in healthcare may derive insights pertaining to study design, implementation, and publication. The analysis of information systems, extant and proposed, is of interest to informatics theorists, hospital information system designers, chief information officers (CIOs) in the managed car industry, and, ultimately, to governmental agencies such as HCFA. This 310-page book is divided into 11 sparsely illustrated chapters accompanied by ample citations and a fine glossary of terms As institutions across the nation and the world grapple with how to make optimal use of computer technology in the transformation of modern medicine, questions about best to evaluate proposals for new systems and how to analyze existing systems are a first-order priority. Moreover, the book wrestles with deep questions that probe the structure of scientific studies themselves. What kinds of studies are there? What are their strengths and limitations? How do methods of science best apply to the still-developing field of medical informatics? This book will not be of interest to novice computer users or those trying to outfit a small office. However, any scholar interested in reviewing the scientific basis of evaluation methods will find the clarity of the work and its meticulous documentation by extensive citations a classic. For those who lack the reading time to absorb a 300-page text, just reviewing the seven-page glossarywill be a useful exercise to get a grasp of the numerous reports in business and academia that will be forthcoming in the next decade about computers in medicine.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780387258898
  • Publisher: Springer New York
  • Publication date: 10/20/2005
  • Series: Health Informatics Series
  • Edition description: 2nd ed. 2006
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 386
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface : still counting the steps on Box Hill
Ch. 1 Challenges of evaluation in biomedical informatics 1
Ch. 2 Evaluation as a field 21
Ch. 3 Determining what to study 48
Ch. 4 The structure of objectivist studies 85
Ch. 5 Measurement fundamentals 133
Ch. 6 Developing and improving measurement methods 145
Ch. 7 The design of demonstration studies 188
Ch. 8 Analyzing the results of demonstration studies 224
Ch. 9 Subjectivist approaches to evaluation 248
Ch. 10 Performing subjectivist studies in the qualitative traditions responsive to users 267
Ch. 11 Economic aspects of evaluation 301
Ch. 12 Proposing and communicating the results of evaluation studies : ethical, legal, and regulatory issues 338
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