How can EHR systems impact the experience and quality of patient care?

How can EHR systems impact the experience and quality of patient care?
Assignment: EHR Systems Importance

Assignment: EHR Systems Importance

Question Description
I’m studying and need help with a Health & Medical question to help me learn.


Develop an 8–12 slide PowerPoint presentation accompanied by an audio recording of the presentation that is a maximum 15 minutes. The presentation will focus on an explanation of Meaningful Use Guidelines and how the current HIM system could be optimized to ensure compliance and improved outcomes.

Questions to Consider:

Why are EHR systems important and how do they address the changing health care marketplace?
What are the current relevant Meaningful Use Guidelines?
What are the current incentive programs related to these guidelines?
How are privacy and security of patient records maintained in an EHR system?
How can EHR systems impact the experience and quality of patient care?
What are the future trends for EHR systems and HIM best practices?
In this scenario, you will assume the role of Quality Assurance Manager at Vila Health’s Independence Medical Center. You have been asked to review the current electronic health record (EHR) system after some concerns were raised about the system not being fully compliant with new regulations and Meaningful Use Guidelines. After your review, you will present your findings and recommendations to the leadership team.

Review the Vila Health: Analysis of an EHR System media simulation and the information provided in the Resources section to learn more about the Vila Health organization.

Before reviewing the EHR system, you will want to familiarize yourself with Meaningful Use Guidelines. Take a moment to review these sources and conduct an additional research as needed on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) incentive program from EHR: Meaningful Use provided in the Resources section.

Next, review the Vila Health EHR system. While analyzing the EHR, you will want to think about not only the flow of data, how it moves through the system, and compliance with Meaningful Use Guidelines, but also about the patient experience and implications on quality of care. Consider privacy and security of patient records as well.

To prepare for this assessment, use the Capella University Library and the resources provided in this assessment to research the following topics:

Digitization of the nation’s medical records and the privacy challenges.
EHR incentive program requirements.
Best Practices for compliance with Meaningful Use Guidelines.
EHR and HIM best practices for quality, privacy, and regulatory compliance.
Types of information technologies that are used to improve the quality of patient care.
To complete this assessment, you will prepare an 8–12 slide PowerPoint presentation of best practices and emerging models in HIM and EHRs. Your presentation will be assessed using the following criteria:

Explain Meaningful Use Guidelines and what they mean to an organization’s current state of compliance.
Explain an organization’s current electronic health record system and its data process to meet regulatory guidelines.
Analyze how an electronic health record system could improve the quality of care, simplify existing processes, and improve patient outcomes.
Explain best practices for an organization to maintain meaningful use compliance as it relates to current incentive programs and policies.
Recommend evidence-based approaches for implementing new practices for the end user functions, training, and ongoing compliance.
Communicate analysis and recommendations of an electronic health records system in a manner that is clear and concise.
Integrate relevant sources to support assertions, correctly formatting citations and references using current APA style.
Below is one potential outline for the presentation that could help you to address the assessments grading criteria.

Present what Meaningful Use Guidelines are and what they mean to the organization.
Present Independence Medical Center’s current state of compliance.
Current HIS:
State the current EHR being used in this organization.
Present your findings on the evaluation of the EHR.
Explain how the EHR could improve the quality of care, simplify existing processes, and improve patient outcomes.
Discuss how the data are currently captured, tracked, analyzed, and shared and whether each area meets regulatory policy and incentive guidelines.
Upgrades and Improvements:
Present your findings from your research on maintaining Meaningful Use Guidelines.
Present best practices for long-term compliance to current incentive programs and policy.
Make additional recommendations on the EHR system including end user functions, training, and ongoing compliance to the department heads.
Provide evidence-based recommendations for implementing new practices and emerging models in the identified departments.


Electronic Health Records
These resources aid in understanding the processes and application of electronic health records.

Boonstra, A., Versluis, A., & Vos, J. F. J. (2014). Implementing electronic health records in hospitals: A systematic literature review. BMC Health Services Research, 14, 370–394.
Pratt, M. K. (2017). 6 tips to help practices adapt to a new EHR. Contemporary OB/GYN, 62(2), 42.
Richter, L. L. (2017). Sharing an EHR application across multiple organizations. Journal of AHIMA, 88(10), 52–53.
Legal and Policy
This article addresses the legal issues involved in the use of health information systems and the policy implications of ownership of data.

Cartwright-Smith, L., Gray, E., & Thorpe, J. H. (2017). Health information ownership: Legal theories and policy implications. Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law, 19(2), 207.
Meaningful Use
These resources address the impact of meaningful use in the stages of implementation and the adoption and practice of EHRs.

Adler-Milstein, J., Everson, J., & Lee, S.-Y. D. (2014). Sequencing of EHR adoption among US hospitals and the impact of meaningful use. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, 21(6), 984–991. (n.d.). Meaningful use and MACRA. Retrieved from…
Heisey-Grove, D., & King, J. A. (2017). Physician and practice-level drivers and disparities around meaningful use progress. Health Services Research, 52(1), 244–267.
Presentation Resources
Microsoft. Basic tasks for creating a PowerPoint presentation. Retrieved from…
Microsoft. Basic tasks in PowerPoint 2010. Retrieved from…


Assignment: EHR Systems Importance

Assignment: EHR Systems Importance

You must proofread your paper. But do not strictly rely on your computer’s spell-checker and grammar-checker; failure to do so indicates a lack of effort on your part and you can expect your grade to suffer accordingly. Papers with numerous misspelled words and grammatical mistakes will be penalized. Read over your paper – in silence and then aloud – before handing it in and make corrections as necessary. Often it is advantageous to have a friend proofread your paper for obvious errors. Handwritten corrections are preferable to uncorrected mistakes.

Use a standard 10 to 12 point (10 to 12 characters per inch) typeface. Smaller or compressed type and papers with small margins or single-spacing are hard to read. It is better to let your essay run over the recommended number of pages than to try to compress it into fewer pages.

Likewise, large type, large margins, large indentations, triple-spacing, increased leading (space between lines), increased kerning (space between letters), and any other such attempts at “padding” to increase the length of a paper are unacceptable, wasteful of trees, and will not fool your professor.

The paper must be neatly formatted, double-spaced with a one-inch margin on the top, bottom, and sides of each page. When submitting hard copy, be sure to use white paper and print out using dark ink. If it is hard to read your essay, it will also be hard to follow your argument.


Discussion Questions (DQ)

Initial responses to the DQ should address all components of the questions asked, include a minimum of one scholarly source, and be at least 250 words.
Successful responses are substantive (i.e., add something new to the discussion, engage others in the discussion, well-developed idea) and include at least one scholarly source.
One or two sentence responses, simple statements of agreement or “good post,” and responses that are off-topic will not count as substantive. Substantive responses should be at least 150 words.
I encourage you to incorporate the readings from the week (as applicable) into your responses.
Weekly Participation

Your initial responses to the mandatory DQ do not count toward participation and are graded separately.
In addition to the DQ responses, you must post at least one reply to peers (or me) on three separate days, for a total of three replies.
Participation posts do not require a scholarly source/citation (unless you cite someone else’s work).
Part of your weekly participation includes viewing the weekly announcement and attesting to watching it in the comments. These announcements are made to ensure you understand everything that is due during the week.
APA Format and Writing Quality

Familiarize yourself with APA format and practice using it correctly. It is used for most writing assignments for your degree. Visit the Writing Center in the Student Success Center, under the Resources tab in LoudCloud for APA paper templates, citation examples, tips, etc. Points will be deducted for poor use of APA format or absence of APA format (if required).
Cite all sources of information! When in doubt, cite the source. Paraphrasing also requires a citation.
I highly recommend using the APA Publication Manual, 6th edition.
Use of Direct Quotes

I discourage overutilization of direct quotes in DQs and assignments at the Masters’ level and deduct points accordingly.
As Masters’ level students, it is important that you be able to critically analyze and interpret information from journal articles and other resources. Simply restating someone else’s words does not demonstrate an understanding of the content or critical analysis of the content.
It is best to paraphrase content and cite your source.
LopesWrite Policy

For assignments that need to be submitted to LopesWrite, please be sure you have received your report and Similarity Index (SI) percentage BEFORE you do a “final submit” to me.
Once you have received your report, please review it. This report will show you grammatical, punctuation, and spelling errors that can easily be fixed. Take the extra few minutes to review instead of getting counted off for these mistakes.
Review your similarities. Did you forget to cite something? Did you not paraphrase well enough? Is your paper made up of someone else’s thoughts more than your own?
Visit the Writing Center in the Student Success Center, under the Resources tab in LoudCloud for tips on improving your paper and SI score.
Late Policy

The university’s policy on late assignments is 10% penalty PER DAY LATE. This also applies to late DQ replies.
Please communicate with me if you anticipate having to submit an assignment late. I am happy to be flexible, with advance notice. We may be able to work out an extension based on extenuating circumstances.
If you do not communicate with me before submitting an assignment late, the GCU late policy will be in effect.
I do not accept assignments that are two or more weeks late unless we have worked out an extension.
As per policy, no assignments are accepted after the last day of class. Any assignment submitted after midnight on the last day of class will not be accepted for grading.

Communication is so very important. There are multiple ways to communicate with me:
Questions to Instructor Forum: This is a great place to ask course content or assignment questions. If you have a question, there is a good chance one of your peers does as well. This is a public forum for the class.
Individual Forum: This is a private forum to ask me questions or send me messages. This will be checked at least once every 24 hours.

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