Investigating the cost-effectiveness of health information technologies: a systematic review protocol

This study examines how selected British hospitals made the transition to electronic health records. The paper discusses how the hospitals planned and executed the transition. Pay special attention to the unexpected impacts of implementing new software.

Methods And Analysis

Data extraction

Data will be abstracted onto a customised data extraction sheet by two independent reviewers; any disagreements will be resolved through discussion, with arbitration by a third reviewer if necessary. Variables to be extracted will include: author and year; title of the study; country of origin; healthcare setting; HIT application(s); estimates of costs and cost-effectiveness; time frame over which evaluations are undertaken; lessons learned. Key findings from each study will be summarised and presented in summary tables.