Your duties at We Care Hospital require you to interface with many different professionals, including physicians, nurses, and allied professionals in various areas of health care. The facility also has a new information technology management center, which handles all patient medical records. The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act was enacted as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The Act called for an unprecedented federal investment in Health Information Technology (IT). Doctors and hospitals would receive incentive payments through the Medicare programs and Medicaid to advance the delivery of high-quality health Provide a detailed summary of your hospital’s organizational structure. care. It was predicted that a decade later the Act would reduce federal spending on health services by tens of billions of dollars by increasing efficiency. Review the American Journal of Managed Care article, Congressional Intent for the HITECH Act.
It has been a decade since the HITECH Act was enacted and you are researching the impact of the Act. You must ensure that the HITECH Act of 2009 and the HIPAA Act guidelines are being met. You must track legal issues within the hospital and provide detailed monthly reports on the general functionality of the health administration department as it relates to breaches in patient record security and the impact of the Electronic Health Record (EHR). Review the Harvard Business Review article, The Critical Skills For Leading Major Change in America’s Health System.
Provide a detailed summary of your hospital’s organizational
structure. Include a tabulated description of the levels of
professionals within the organization. Describe the duties of each major
head within the organization.
Provide an explanation of the HITECH Act and how it impacts We
Care Hospital. Provide any case laws that identify HIPAA violations as a
result of the computer technology using patient records.
Outline a detailed feasibility plan for protecting patient
records. Provide a rationale for the chosen plan and explain the main
reasons why the plan in question would be suitable for use.
Justify the use of information technology to increase patient
services. Provide a summative table of some pros and cons of using
information technology in an era of networking and security breaches.