Archives November 6, 2015

How to Keep Score

by Barry P Chaiken, MD

Purchasing health information technology is obviously a risky and more difficult decision than choosing a bottle of red wine for dinner.

To help with this purchasing decision, organizations often use product ratings provided by self-appointed industry organizations to evaluate enterprise applications. Although often valuable in guiding a purchasing decision, these ratings suffer from the same problems consumers face in purchasing wine, choosing a hotel, or buying a product from Amazon. The rules that define scientifically valid statistics apply equally to determine the value and usefulness of product reviews.

Excerpts from: How to Keep Score, Becker’s Health IT & CIO Review, November 6, 2015

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