Letters

Current evaluations of information technology in health care are often inadequate

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7063.1008 (Published 19 October 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1008
  1. Heather A Heathfield, Senior lecturer,
  2. Iain E Buchan, Research fellow
  1. Department of Computing, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester M1 5GD
  2. Medical Informatics Unit, Institute of Public Health, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB2 2SR

    EDITOR,—Two recent articles debated the value of information technology to the NHS and called for further evidence from evaluation studies to inform future investment in information technology.1 2 These articles draw attention to both the scarcity of evaluation studies of information technology in health care and the lack of scientific rigour of such studies. They reflect current opinion, which strongly advocates the use of economic analyses and randomised controlled trials.

    While we agree with the need to …

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