Study Recommends Ways To Better Measure the Value of Health IT

January 28, 2015 in News

To adequately measure the value of health IT, research must include a more comprehensive list of metrics, according to a study published in the American Journal of Managed Care, Healthcare IT News reports.

Findings

According to the study, the majority of research on health IT uses an incomplete set of metrics and therefore is limited in the measurement of value (Monegain, Healthcare IT News, 1/28).

Current research measures several factors, including:

  • Cost savings;
  • Health outcomes;
  • Safety improvements; and
  • Others.

However, few researchers have examined more than one measurement at a time.

The study adds, “It would be a mistake to make a general conclusion about the value of [health IT] by looking at only one of these measures” (Rudin et al., AJMC, 1/26).

Recommendations

The study recommends that researchers consider three principles to more comprehensively gauge the value of health IT:

  • Value includes both benefits and costs;
  • Value accrues over time; and
  • Value varies by stakeholders’ perspectives.

The authors wrote, “These improvements will make future studies more useful for policymakers and more relevant to the current needs of the health care system” (Healthcare IT News, 1/28).

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