Performance Improvement 2009. How Can We Measure Implementation and Use of Health Information Technology?

01/01/2009

This study identified and evaluated methods for measuring adoption, implementation, and use of health information technology (HIT) in the United States . The study identified strengths and weaknesses of measures for and measurement of attitudes toward HIT. The study examined HIT implementation progress and impact including variations in incentives and barriers influencing health providers’ decisions to adopt HIT.

Researchers found that surveys had been the principal source of data for measuring levels of HIT adoption. HIT survey research methodologies used were diverse and data definitions of the variables were inconsistent across the numerous studies. A potential and promising measurement source, which may reduce the cost and effort of research involves the use of proxy metrics e.g. vendors and systems certified by the Commission for Certification of Health Information Technology, pay-for-performance HIT programs supported each year by health plans, or participants in a national e-prescribing program.

Report Title: Assessing Success in Health Information Technology Adoption: Metrics and Data; Report may be obtained from Federal Contact
Agency Sponsor: ASPE-OSDP, Office of Science and Data Policy
Federal Contact: Suzie Burke-Bebee, 202-401-8266
Performer: Westat, Inc.; Rockville, MD
PIC ID: 9069

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