Pryor, David B.; Barnett, G. Octo; McDonald, Clem; Stead, William W.
Measuring the value of information systems
A successful database or information system arises in response to perceived problems or unanswered questions. Once established however, the continued viability of the system often depends upon successful demonstration of its value. Measuring the value of an information system requires skills distinct from those necessary for its creation. Investigators intent upon measuring the value of an information system must effectively solve a host of methodologic problems. Just as many aspects of database design are generic extending across specific database applications, many common problems exist in measuring the value of an information system. The purpose of this panel discussion is to improve the quality of investigations designed to measure the value of an information system. The audience is invited to share their experience with that of their colleagues participating on the panel. The discussion will focus on five questions: 1. Does an information system allow the medical community to do anything that would otherwise be impossible without an automated system; what is the greatest value of a patient database? 2. Can an information system save money or time in the patient care process; how can the cost of the data collection and storage be justified and make the system self-supporting? 3. How are observations made from a database validated; what are the limitations of drawing inferences from non-randomized studies and how can they be minimized? 4. How can management information systems improve the practice of patient care and how are these improvements measured? 5. How does an information system impact on interactions between members of the health care team and how is this measured? Each of the panel members has supervised investigations designed to measure some aspect of the value of a well-established information system. For perspective, a brief description of each system with representative references is included below.
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Pryor, D. B., Barnett, G. O., Gardner, R. M., McDonald, C., & Stead, W. W. (1984). Measuring the value of information systems. Proceedings of the Annual Symposium on Computer Application in Medical Care, 8, 26-8.
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