Quality of health IT evaluations

Pirkko Nykänen*, Johanna Kaipio

*Corresponding author for this work

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Health IT evaluation studies have often been found to be of limited quality. To address this problem, several guidelines and frameworks have been developed as tools to support improvement of the quality of evaluation studies. In this contribution, we review available guidelines and then present the Good Evaluation Practice Guideline in Health Informatics (GEP-HI) in more detail. GEPHI is a comprehensive guideline which supports especially planning and execution of a health IT evaluation study. The GEP-HI guideline helps to overcome the quality problems related to weak study planning and methodological study design. We also discuss application of GEP-HI on an evaluation project and discuss the need to publish systematically following the recognised publication guidelines. Finally we discuss the future trend on multi-method evaluation approaches.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEvidence-Based Health Informatics: Promoting Safety and Efficiency through Scientific Methods and Ethical Policy
PublisherIOS Press
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781614996354
ISBN (Print)9781614996347
Publication statusPublished - 20 May 2016
MoE publication typeA3 Book section, Chapters in research books


  • Evaluation
  • Framework
  • Guideline
  • Health IT
  • Quality
  • Scope


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