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Health Information Technology to Address the Continuum of Care
IntroductionCanon Hospital is a 189-bed hospital, located in a rural area in Texas, which serves a substantial region. The dissatisfaction among patients and their loved ones and the loss of revenue significantly impact the ability to deliver quality care to its neurology and critical care departments. The lack of telemedicine infrastructure has resulted in very little to no follow-up care for ICU and stroke patients in regards to treatment plans or other necessary medical services. To remedy the insufficiencies within the facility, Cannon Hospital plan to implement a rehabilitation program intended for a stroke patient to ensure proper follow-up treatment.
Introduction ContinuedNevertheless, the need to improve or remedy other insufficiencies is present. Canon will prepare the facility with a telemedicine infrastructure that incorporates computer-based patient records, clinical information systems, and clinical decision support systems (Institute of Medicine, 1996). This infrastructure must include the needs of the tertiary center and contain stable telephone connectivity to facilitate appointment scheduling to ensure each patient has the proper plan of care. For that reason, the delivery of quality care must be a priority. The facility must put into effect an efficient and effective system that will contain fast transmission of vast amounts of information over long distances (Institute of Medicine, 1996).
Analysis❖The absence of leadership and organizational responsibility to improve a comprehensive strategy and integrate into care delivery.❖The increased expenditures of the technologies and infrastructure and a lack of funding.❖Insufficient clinical engagement and follow-up, including readiness without consideration of treatment plans or services. ❖Poor capabilities with telemedicine programs and workflows for healthcare professionals and patients.