ERIC Number: ED208897
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Methods for Evaluating Costs of Automated Hospital Information Systems. Research Summary Series.
Drazen, Erica; Metzger, Jane
To provide a compendium of methodologies on cost impacts of automated hospital information systems (AHIS), this report sponsored by the National Center for Services Research identifies, reviews, and summarizes ten studies on information systems which manage patient care data. The studies were identified by a literature search and those that included a description of cost impacts were selected for detailed analysis. Most studies considered labor savings through workload reduction and/or time saved and labor force reduction. The saving of nursing labor was the largest single cost reduction identified. Four different techniques used for estimating workload changes were task analysis, job content analysis, work sampling, and trend analysis. Other methodological issues indicate that turning time savings into labor force reductions requires a deliberate effort to reorganize services and cost, and that benefits must be evaluated and documented in selecting an AHIS. Also, regression analysis can be used to study impacts of AHIS implementation retrospectively. A comparison of three AHIS cost impacts, predictions, conclusions, and recommendations for an approach to AHIS cost evaluation, and directions for future research are included. Nine tables, 11 references, and an extensive list of current National Center for Health Services Research publications are provided. (RBF)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Cost Effectiveness, Evaluation Methods, Health Services, Hospitals, Information Systems, Labor, Methods, Multiple Regression Analysis, Nursing, Online Systems, Work Sample Tests
NCHSR, Publications and Information Branch, 3700 East-West Highway, Room 7-44, Hyattsville, MD 20782 (enclose a self-addressed envelope with request).
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Health Services Research (DHHS/PHS), Hyattsville, MD.
Authoring Institution: Little (Arthur D.), Inc., Cambridge, MA.