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1Advanced Information Management and the Application of TechnologyAdvanced Information Management and the Application of TechnologyGMP Task 1Haisser MenaWestern Governors University
2Advanced Information Management and the Application of TechnologyAs the informatics nurse specialist, I have been nominated to lead the project of merging with another organization and facilitate the implementation of a health information system that isup to HITECH and HIPAA Security and Privacy regulatory requirements. As the leader of the committee I will be evaluating the advantages and disadvantages of a system based on its usability, interoperability, compatibility and scalability. While collaborating with an interdisciplinary team, the implementation of the electronic health record will be accomplished with an aim to reduce costs and to take advantage of the emerging technology to promote patient safety while improving quality care and patient outcomes. Advantages or Disadvantages of a SystemHealth information systems (HIS) were implemented with an aim to improve the quality of healthcare delivery while at the same time reduce healthcare costs in the United States. It has been reported that since legislation passed in 2009 to adopt an Electronic Health Record, 1,313 hospitals nationwide have adopted a form of EHR. As with every other piece of technology, Health Information Systems have their advantages and disadvantages, and its quality can be measured by its usability, interoperability, scalability and compatibility. While HIS do improve the quality of healthcare delivery, it cannot be ignored the fact that not every piece of technology is as effective as it is set out to be, there is always room for error that could either be associated with the design of the system or with its user. Usability of a HIS can be an advantage or disadvantage for any given user. Usability is related to how easy it is to the user to operate the system, how easy it is to learn it, how satisfactory it is to the user, how efficient it is, and is it fit for the task. One major disadvantage of a HIS in terms of usability would be if a nurse is spending too much time trying to operate the system that it causes a delay in treatment or results in neglect of the patient because they are so immersed in trying to operate the system. On the
3Advanced Information Management and the Application of Technologycontrary, if a user finds the system easy to use, then it could positively affect the treatment or care delivered to the patient by speeding up the process, for example, setting up a PCA pump for a patient that is in excruciating pain post-surgery or for a woman in active labor (Mastrian, 2016). Interoperability is associated with the ability of multiple systems to exchange information.