The Best Selling Text in the Field
Updated for the New Era of Health Care IT
"This is the most comprehensive and authoritative book available for the field today."
—Mark L. Diana, PhD, assistant professor and MHA program director, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Tulane University
"With health care information technology now in the national policy spotlight, this book should be required reading for every health care administrator and student."
—Mark Leavitt, MD, PhD, chairman, Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology
"The book provides an excellent overview of foundational principles and practical strategies—a valuable reference for health administration and health informatics students and professionals."
—Eta S. Berner, EdD, professor, Department of Health Services Administration, University of Alabama, Birmingham
"The authors skillfully provide the tools necessary to facilitate movement from a paper-based to an electronic health record environment while championing the importance of managing in such an environment."
— Melanie S. Brodnik, PhD, director and associate professor, School of Allied Medical Professions, Ohio State University
"Deploying health care information technology today is like navigating whitewater in the midst of a raging storm. Leveraging investments while introducing significant change is no easy task. It requires focused attention, a spirit of collaboration, and a willingness to learn from others. This book is written for the IT leader who is willing to tackle these challenges."
—Stephanie Reel, CIO and vice provost for Information Technologies, Johns Hopkins University
Reviewer:Katie Dejuras, RN, MSN(Northwestern Memorial Hospital)
Description:This useful reference offers a thorough overview of the history and evolution of healthcare information systems and how they are managed, as well as their purpose, functions, and key attributes. It also highlights the value of information systems and barriers to adoption in healthcare. Readers will benefit from the learning activities and case studies in each chapter, where they will be able to apply the knowledge that they have gained. This is an update of a 2005 edition.
Purpose:According to the authors, the purpose is to prepare future healthcare executives with the knowledge and skills they need to manage information systems technology effectively in this new environment. There is a need for a book like this as the demand for information systems in healthcare has increased, especially in light of legislation as a result of numerous studies demonstrating their value through improvement of quality, outcomes, safety, efficiency, productivity, cost reduction, services, and satisfaction.
Audience:The authors wrote this book with graduate students or upper-level graduates enrolled in healthcare management programs in mind. However, it is a useful resource for anyone in healthcare management, whether an executive, manager, consultant, supplier, or student. Two of the authors are academics with impressive experience in teaching healthcare information management and the third is a chief information officer at one of the most prominent hospital systems in the U.S.
Features:This book provides sound information system definitions, which are helpful as these key terms are often used in different contexts. It highlights the value of information systems, as well as the barriers to them in healthcare, explaining the lag in healthcare information technology adoption. It explains how information systems are managed, as well as their purpose, functions, and key attributes such as the electronic medical record and CPOE. References in the system implementation and support chapter, such as the Ten Commandments for effective clinical decision support as referenced by Bates, are helpful when planning to implement a system. The learning activities and case studies allow readers to apply their knowledge in a real-life setting. The index is a useful guide to topics of interest.
Assessment:This is a useful resource, especially at this crucial point in time. Healthcare information system adoption is a complex topic and is not an easy one to address. Healthcare organizations are all faced with the same types of barriers (i.e. financial, organizational, behavioral, and/or technical) and this is a useful guide to the tools they need to potentially overcome these barriers. This second edition highlights the challenges of IT implementation and reminds readers to be cognizant of not only the financial costs of health information system implementation, but more importantly the process costs and the challenges they will face to adoption by end users.