data collection can also help track what methods were used to help heal the infections and how quickly or slowly the healing process was. This can help discern what methods work best for certain infections and help improve the healing processes for future groups of this particular patient group. Another way QI data collection from a system can lead to measurable improvements is by helping track the length of stay of patients in a particular group. By helping keep track of certain patient groups with, for example, pneumonia or an acute kidney injury and how long theywere in the hospital before becoming stable enough for discharge, administration can see what treatments worked fastest for certain groups of people, what complications arose that extended their length of stay and other contributing factors that may have impacted patients’ stay. With the ability to track this information, a healthcare organization can implement protocols for certain groups of patients that will both reduce excessive spending on extended length of stays and eliminate unnecessary stress on a patient by healing them faster and discharging them from hospital more quickly. 2. Explain how a system will meet HITECH and HIPAA security standards and regulations, including the following:
Advanced Information Management and the Application of Technology6• data storage integrity• data backup and recoveryIn order for an HIS to comply with HITECH and HIPAA standards, the system has to have strong barriers against the loss of patient information due to both malfunction and misuse (Mastrian & Mcgonigle, 2017). The HITECH act encourages healthcare organizations to utilize HISs with monetary incentives in order to stimulate the HIT economy, and also set requirements for those that use HISs such as notifying patients if a breach has happened or is expected, addressing the requests of patients who ask to see who accessed their records, and further enforcement of HIPAA rules and regulations (Mastrian & Mcgonigle, 2017). The act HIPAA is a two-part act, one on privacy that states that patient have a right to expect providers to protect their information and one on security that states that it is the responsibility of the providers to safeguard patients’ information (Mastrian & Mcgonigle, 2017). In order to comply with both acts, an HIS and providers responsible for patient information need to protect it first from being seen by the wrong eyes and ending up in the wrong hands. Per the HITECH act, it is the responsibility of the system designer and the organization employing the system to ensure that the measures being taken to protect patient’s confidential information from being taken by outside parties who lack the clearance to the information ("The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) Act ARRA Components", 2009). In order to comply with HITECH and HIPAA, an example would be that most systems have secure log ins, frequent password change requirementsand are closely monitored by members of the organization who audit patients’ charts in order to ensuring protection to patients’ privacy.