Steps in moving evidence-based health informatics from theory to practice

Michael Rigby, Farah Magrabi, Philip Scott, Persephone Doupi, Hannele Hyppönen, Elske Ammenwerth

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Abstract

Objectives - To demonstrate and promote the importance of applying a scientific process to health IT design and implementation, and of basing this on research principles and techniques.
Methods - A review by international experts linked to the IMIA Working Group on Technology Assessment and Quality Development.
Results
- Four approaches are presented, linking to the creation of national professional expectations, adherence to research-based standards, quality assurance approaches to ensure safety, and scientific measurement of impact.
Conclusions
- Solely marketing- and aspiration-based approaches to health informatics applications are no longer ethical or acceptable when scientifically grounded evidence-based approaches are available and in use.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)255-260
Number of pages6
JournalHealthcare Informatics Research
Volume22
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Oct 2016

Keywords

  • medical informatics
  • policy
  • patient safety
  • standards
  • Health Impact Assessment
  • evidence-based practice

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