Evaluating health information technology in community-based settings: Lessons learned Academic Article uri icon


MeSH Major

  • Community-Based Participatory Research
  • Medical Informatics


  • Implementing health information technology (IT) at the community level is a national priority to help improve healthcare quality, safety, and efficiency. However, community-based organizations implementing health IT may not have expertise in evaluation. This study describes lessons learned from experience as a multi-institutional academic collaborative established to provide independent evaluation of community-based health IT initiatives. The authors' experience derived from adapting the principles of community-based participatory research to the field of health IT. To assist other researchers, the lessons learned under four themes are presented: (A) the structure of the partnership between academic investigators and the community; (B) communication issues; (C) the relationship between implementation timing and evaluation studies; and (D) study methodology. These lessons represent practical recommendations for researchers interested in pursuing similar collaborations.

publication date

  • November 17, 2011



  • Academic Article



  • eng

PubMed Central ID

  • PMC3198001

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1136/amiajnl-2011-000249

PubMed ID

  • 21807649

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 749

end page

  • 53


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