Using Mixed Methods to Evaluate Health Information Technology

Using Mixed Methods to Evaluate Health Information Technology
Model: Evaluate Health Information Technology
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There are a number of challenges involved in evaluating the impact of Health Information Technology in health care settings.  Although randomized controlled trials (RCTS) are considered to be the ‘gold standard’ evaluation method, the demands of implementing HIT in clinical settings often means that they are not a viable approach for health care organizations.  There are also limitations to RCT study designs, in that they often fail to take account of social and organizational factors that may impact how technology is used in clinical settings.  Mixed methods research designs can overcome many of the limitations of current evaluation methods through the integration of quantitative and qualitative approaches to data collection and analysis. 


This webinar will discuss the potential benefits and limitations of using mixed methods research designs to evaluate the impact of HIT in health care settings.  It will provide an overview of the nature of mixed methods research, and then discuss its utilization with the provision of examples from the author’s previous work evaluating the impact of HIT in a large health care organization in the USA.


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Dawn Dowding is VNSNY Professor of Nursing at Columbia University School of Nursing and the Center for Home Care Policy & Research, Visiting Nursing Service of New York.  She is a health services researcher, nurse and psychologist with expertise in the field of health care decision making.  Her particular interest is the development and evaluation of decision support tools, and more recently the application of Health Information Technology for assisting decision making in practice.  She was previously Professor of Applied Health Research, University of Leeds UK and was a Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice from 2009-2010, working at Kaiser Permanente, Oakland CA. She has attracted over $4 million in external research funding from a variety of funding sources, published over 40 articles in peer reviewed journals, and coauthored/co-edited two books on decision making in nursing.  Dr Dowding completed her registered nurse training at St Bartholomew’s College of Nursing and Midwifery, London, has a BSc(Hons) in Psychology with Nursing Studies from City University, London and a PhD in Psychology and Nursing from the University of Surrey, UK.


Dr. Dowding has been published in JAMIA, International Journal of Medical Informatics, British Medical Journal, BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making, Health Informatics Journal, International Journal of Nursing Studies, Journal of Advanced Nursing, Journal of Nursing Management, and the Journal of Cinical Nursing.


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