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Professionalism of Information Management in Health Care: Development and Validation of the Construct and Its Measurement

  • Background Against the background of a steadily increasing degree of digitalization in health care, a professional information management (IM) is required to successfully plan, implement, and evaluate information technology (IT). At its core, IM has to ensure a high quality of health data and health information systems to support patient care. Objectives The goal of the present study was to define what constitutes professional IM as a construct as well as to propose a reliable and valid measurement instrument. Methods To develop and validate the construct of professionalism of information management (PIM) and itsmeasurement, a stepwise approach followed an established procedure from information systems and behavioral research. The procedure included an analysis of the pertaining literature and expert rounds on the construct and the instrument, two consecutive and comprehensive surveys at the national and international level, exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses as well as reliability and validity testing. Results Professionalism of information management was developed as a construct consisting of the three dimensions of strategic, tactical, and operational IMas well as of the regularity and cyclical phases of IM procedures as the two elements of professionalism. The PIM instrument operationalized the construct providing items that incorporated IM procedures along the three dimensions and cyclical phases. These procedures had to be evaluated against their degree of regularity in the instrument. The instrument proved to be reliable and valid in two consecutive measurement phases and across three countries. Conclusion It can be concluded that professionalism of information management is a meaningful construct that can be operationalized in a scientifically rigorous manner. Both science and practice can benefit from these developments in terms of improved self-assessment, benchmarking capabilities, and eventually, obtaining a better understanding of health IT maturity.

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Author:Johannes ThyeORCiD, Ursula Hertha HübnerORCiD
Title (English):Professionalism of Information Management in Health Care: Development and Validation of the Construct and Its Measurement
Parent Title (English):Methods of Information in Medicine
Publisher:Georg Thieme Verlag KG
Place of publication:Stuttgart
Document Type:Article
Year of Completion:2020
Release Date:2020/07/07
Tag:construct; health information technology; information management; professionalism; validation
Issue:S 01
Page Number:12
First Page:e1
Last Page:e12
Faculties:Fakultät WiSo
DDC classes:000 Allgemeines, Informatik, Informationswissenschaft / 004 Informatik
Review Status:Veröffentlichte Fassung/Verlagsversion
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY-NC-ND - Namensnennung - Nicht kommerziell - Keine Bearbeitungen 4.0 International