Discussion: The U.S. Healthcare System and Health Informatics
Discuss how the United States healthcare system has advanced in technology and how health
informatics evolved from being a concept to becoming a discipline or specialty. Emphasize the
importance of the formation of professional organizations and educational programs in
advancing health informatics as a field. As you begin to conduct research, explore (and cite in
your discussion) an early journal article or excerpt from a seminal book on the topic of health
informatics. If applicable, how has informatics evolved since then?
Discussion Case Study: Active Health Records in Acute Settings
Read and provide a response to the following report (summarize your findings and include your
own insights/thoughts). Also, explain why accuracy is such an important part of the registration
process and how an error in the registration process could result in a patient safety issue: The
Horror of Wrong-Site Surgery Continues: Report of Two Cases in a Regional Trauma Cenre in
Discussion: Tasks, Careers, Credential of HI Professionals
Discuss the difference between an electronic health record and an electronic medical record.
Since there is an increase in adopting electronic medical records, why is it important to keep
track of the location of paper health records and why is this step unnecessary in an electronic
Discussion: Governance and Organizational Structures
Although health IT governance is a relatively “new” concept, the demands for this expertise are
vast and the needs are immediate. Healthcare reform is one example. How is health IT
governance being used to ensure that the requirements of the Affordable Care Act are being
met, implemented, monitored, and maintained?
Discussion Case Study: Privacy, Security, and Quality Standards
Research what federal and state collaboration efforts (if any) exist for the state in which you live
and/or practice. Does your state currently participate in Health Information Security and Privacy
Collaboration (HISPC)? If not, are there plans to become involved in this partnership? Finally,
why is this collaboration important? Information should be available through your state’s
Department of Health or at the HealthIT.gov page on HISPC
Discussion: Roles and Functions of HI Professionals
With the increased demand for health informatics professionals, it is important to understand the
skills set that are needed in this profession. What unique skill set(s) are needed to work in this
evolving field? What are some potential ways to advance in this field? Why is this position
important? How can this position assist in providing quality care?
Discussion: Participatory Healthcare Informatics
Visit the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) website and read the article “The
Impact of Health Literacy on a Patient’s Decision to Adopt a Personal Health Record.” Provide a
summary of your findings and any insights you have gained in the review of the information.
Discussion: Information Systems and Key Technology
The State HIE Cooperative Agreement Program grantees are required to monitor and track
statewide implementation, adoption, and transactions of exchange mechanisms that they
implement directly or enable through funding, technical assistance, marketplaces, etc. to
support the meaningful use of health information technology. Research the current state of HIE
across the United States through the State HIE Program Measures Dashboard and provide a
response summarizing your findings related to your state of residence. Provide a summary of
your findings and any insights you have gained in the review of the information.
Shanholtzer, M.B. & Ozanich, G. (2016). Health Information Management and Technology (1st
ed.). New York, NY: McGraw Hill. ISBN: 9781259676758.
For more information on Healthcare System and Health Informatics read this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Health_informatics
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