Qualitative evaluation of health information exchange efforts

Joan S. Ash, Kenneth P. Guappone

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Because most health information exchange (HIE) initiatives are as yet immature, formative evaluation is recommended so that what is learned through evaluation can be immediately applied to assist in HIE development efforts. Qualitative methods can be especially useful for formative evaluation because they can guide ongoing HIE growth while taking context into consideration. This paper describes important HIE-related research questions and outlines appropriate qualitative research techniques for addressing them.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S33-S39
JournalJournal of Biomedical Informatics
Issue number6 SUPPL.
StatePublished - Dec 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Community networks
  • Computer communication networks
  • Computerized
  • Medical record linkage
  • Medical records systems
  • Qualitative research
  • Regional health planning
  • Research design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics
  • Computer Science Applications


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