Planning Phase of the Comprehensive Evaluation of the Delaware Health Information Network (DHIN)

Dates: 2009

State: Delaware

Client(s): Delaware Health Care Commission (DHCC)

Technical Expertise: Health Information Technology

Delaware Health Information Network (DHIN), an operational health information exchange, engaged JSI to develop an evaluation plan to understand the value of health information exchange for its stakeholders. JSI worked with Delaware stakeholders to identify potential measurements of DHIN benefits, understand challenges and limitations of specific measurement approaches, identify existing and new data sources that are required for the evaluation, and clarify resources of both DHIN and its stakeholders for participation in the evaluation.

JSI developed an evaluation project plan for the DHIN to be executed over a two year time period. This plan included evaluation metrics developed by JSI and selected by the DHIN Evaluation Steering Committee. For each metric, the plan outlines the definition and the hypotheses being tested, a brief description of the evaluation methodology, and potential methodological considerations.