How to Effectively Implement an Indicator System to Improve Performance from a Management Perspective: The Case of Taiwan Healthcare Indicator Series (THIS) System
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- Tung, Y. & Yang, M. J Med Syst (2009) 33: 215. doi:10.1007/s10916-008-9182-4
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This study uses the Taiwan Healthcare Indicator Series (THIS) system as an example to examine which determinants would improve performance by sharing indicators from a management perspective. This study population included all 227 hospitals participating in the THIS system in 2006. A structured questionnaire was sent to the director who was responsible for the THIS system via electronic mail. A total of 111 responses were returned by February 10, 2006. Questions included current implementation and impacts of the system. Hierarchical regression models were performed to identify which variables were significantly associated with performance improvement, adjusted for hospital characteristics. Four variables significantly associated with implementing the THIS system to improve performance were ‘senior management support,’ ‘benchmarking,’ ‘making departments improve the underperforming indicators and report the improvement results in performance management meetings,’ and ‘integration with the National Health Insurance payment regulations’. This study contributes substantially to the evidence base about what works to improve performance by information sharing. Although information sharing is the basis of efforts to improve performance, senior management support and how to effectively apply the information are the most important determinants of performance enhancement.