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HealthInformationTechnologyReeKa CopelandWalden University
Telemedicine:Recommendation for theAcquisition and Support of aHealth Information System
CanonHospitalCanon Hospital is a 189-bed hospitalin rural Texas.With two majormedical centers 100 and 150 milesaway, Canon is currently transferringover half of the ICU patients andvirtuallyall patients presenting withstroke symptoms.As the CIO ofCanon Hospital, I have been tasked toconsider the possibility ofestablishing a telemedicine programhere.With implementation of atelemedicine program, I must alsoconsider the following phases:acquisition, implementation, andsupport of the telemedicine system.
ProblemsImplementing Telemedicine at CanonHospital can address:Patient and family dissatisfactionProviding care for patients presentingwith stroke symptomsLoss of revenueAccessAvailabilityQuality
OpportunitiesImplementing a telemedicine program atCanon Hospital can address:Improving patient and familysatisfactionImproving patient healthImproving service offerings/access tocareImproving health of the surroundingpopulation
Legal ConcernsAlthough telehealth is expanding patientaccess and improving patient satisfaction andoutcomes, there are legal and regulatorychallenges facingthis emerging componentof healthcare delivery:1.Privacy, Security and Confidentiality2.Health Professional Licensure3.Coverage and Reimbursements4.Fraud and Abuse5.Online Prescribing
SWOTSummaryStrengthsIncreased access to careIncreased patient satisfactionIncreased population healthWeaknessTechnological implementationLimited diagnostic abilityBreakdown of patient/providerrelationshipBreakdown of health providerrelationshipQuality of health informationOpportunitiesIncrease patient loadIncrease revenue opportunitiesExpanded use of HITThreatsHIPPA violationsLicensuresReimbursementsFraud and abuseSecurity breaches
Vendor PartnerRecommendationsCortiCareHealthNavigatorGlobalMed
EvaluatingVendorsIntegrating telehealth into the healthcaredelivery model requires an investment inthe right telehealth technologyenhancements.Determining the rightvendor should be based on the following:1.

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Final Project, Health care provider, canon hospital, canon

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