Description

This Handbook provides a complete compendium of methods for evaluation of IT-based systems and solutions within healthcare. Emphasis is entirely on assessment of the IT-system within its organizational environment. The author provides a coherent and complete assessment of methods addressing interactions with and effects of technology at the organizational, psychological, and social levels. It offers an explanation of the terminology and theoretical foundations underlying the methodological analysis presented here. The author carefully guides the reader through the process of identifying relevant methods corresponding to specific information needs and conditions for carrying out the evaluation study. The Handbook takes a critical view by focusing on assumptions for application, tacit built-in perspectives of the methods as well as their perils and pitfalls.

Key Features

*Collects a number of evaluation methods of medical informatics *Addresses metrics and measures *Includes an extensive list of anotated references, case studies, and a list of useful Web sites

Readership

Healthcare professional: Administrators, Physicians, Nurses, and IT professionals

Table of Contents

Part I. Introduction 1. Introduction 2. Conceptual Apparatus 3. Types of User Assessments of IT-based Solutions 4. Choosing or Constructing Methods for Evaluation Part II. Methods and Techniques 5. Introduction 6. Overview of Assessment Methods 7. Description of Methods and Techniques 8. Other Useful Information Part III. Methodological and Methodical Perils and Pitfalls at Assessment 9. Background Information 10. Approach to Identification of PItfalls and Perils 11. Framework for Meta-Assessment of Assessment Studies 12. Discussion List of Abbreviations List of References

Details

No. of pages:
368
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 2006
Published:
Imprint:
Academic Press
eBook ISBN:
9780080533452
Print ISBN:
9780123704641

About the author

Jytte Brender McNair

Jytte Brender McNair has an R&D background of fifteen years in a university hospital, nine years as an industrial researcher, and fifteen years as full-time university researcher. Her expertise and experiences cross-fertilise an M.Sc. in biochemistry (Copenhagen University, 1973), an M.Sc. in computer science (Copenhagen University, 1991), and a European Doctorate & PhD in Medical Informatics (Aalborg University, Technology & Science Faculty, 1997). Her most recent position was as full-time researcher at the Department of Health Science and Technology, Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark, since October 1995. Her research career had a scientific focus on the theoretical and practical aspects of Quality Management and Technology Assessment that included all aspects of evaluation and quality & risk management, with a range from constructive evaluation (dynamic, self-reflective, purpose-driven and corrective evaluation), to holistic analysis of organisational and behavioural aspects. Her expertise covers the breadth of organisational change and evolution, covers the theoretical aspects of the quality of semantic aspects of medical knowledge, and even further to modelling of the architectural logic of organisations. A computer scientist at the anthropocentric end of the ‘scale’, all things human-centred interest her as does the multifaceted realm of asymmetric abstraction. Prior to the Mereon Matrix book, her major recent publication is a handbook of methods for constructive evaluation of IT-based solutions [Brender 2006], emphasising the hidden aspects of methods, assumptions for application, conjecture on epistemological nature, as well as potential pitfalls and perils leading to bias. It includes a framework for meta-analysis of evaluation studies that is dedicated to pinpointing the downside in such studies, while scrutinizing experimental biases. In August 2011 she took early retirement, becoming a professor emeritus, to focus on applications of the Mere

Affiliations and Expertise

Institute of Health Science and Technology, Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark

Reviews

"...informative from a conceptual and analytical perspective, elucidating assessment and evaluation of systems from the user's point of view...this handbook is quite comprehensive in its coverage of concepts related to IT assessment." - DOODY ENTERPRISES, INC. "...a good general overview of evaluation and different evaluation techniques. We would encourage readers to buy this book especially if they want a reference guide of evaluation techniques." - Madhu Reddy, College of Information Sciences and Technology, The Pennsylvania State University, INFORMATION PROCESSING & MANAGEMENT