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IT Strategy1Developing an Innovative IT Strategy–Data Driven Approaches to Challenges in the Health CareContinuumSharlletta JacksonMMHA – 6600 Healthcare Informatics and Technology ManagementInstructor: Matthew Matusika
IT Strategy2Bethany Place is a 40-bed independent long-term care facility and now they are planning to incorporate a 30-bed rehabilitative care center as well. However, Bethany does not use the Electronic Health Record (EHR) system due to this they are lagging, behind time and this prevents them from moving forward. They are not able to give their patients good quality care. Tak, Benefield, and Mahoney (2010) quoted Morris & Lundell, 2003, “Optimally, a technology products and services should support facility staff and family (e.g., electronic medical records and recording devices, or distance connectivity to enhance family caregiving). Therefore, future research to guide the development and use of technology must include assessing while helping, adapting assistance to variability in cognitive and functional abilities, catalyzing instead of replacing social interactions, and using familiar interfaces” (Sec 3 Para 1).Problem statementNot having technology is one of the major issue that Bethany is facing. Bethany realized that this is one of the downfall of the organization and because of them not having the EHR system there have been many issues that the organization has faced such as quality issues and risk management issues such as medication reconciliation with patient transfers. If Bethany will adopt the EHR (Electronic Health Record) system, it will help advance their business. They will be able to give their patient go quality care and it will also eliminate many of the ongoing issues that they are facing. According to Tak, Benefield, and Mahoney (2010), “LTC-related technologyshould support daily life activities and enrich resident quality of life addressing safety (falls, wandering) to self-care activities (bathing, medication, eating, mobility, sleeping) to communication (social interaction and connection) to entertainment (recreation, leisure)” (Sec 3 para 1). Bowman stated, “Evolving technology’s role in the long-term and post-acute care
IT Strategy3industry is especially important, given the rising number of older people in the U.S” (Sec 2, Para 2). Bowman also said that “Long-term care facilities are still excluded from operating in a deeplyconnected care continuum due to limited resources and communication channels,” (Sec 1, para 6). It clearly shows that Long-Term care facilities are not moving as fast as other health care organizations are when it comes to adopting the new EHR. Scope of the HIT solution to be acquired.