Health Informatics and Changes in Society and Practice

To prepare for this Discussion, review the assigned readings. Then consider the changes that have occurred in ONE of the following areas and how this relates to health informatics:

Evidence-based practice
Health management and clinical decision making
Society and Culture
Patient Safety
Consumer Health
Design of health technology
Public Health
By Day 4, post a comprehensive response to the following:

Describe at least two changes that have occurred in the last 10 years relative to your chosen topic. Be specific.
What are the benefits and challenges of each change?
What needs to happen next and why?
By Day 6, respond to at least two of your colleagues who chose a different topic.

Return to this Discussion in a few days to read the responses to your initial posting. Note what you have learned and/or any insights you have gained as a result of your colleagues’ comments. You are not required to post these final insights.

Learning Resources

Required Resources

Readings

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. (2014). eHealth tools you can use. Retrieved from http://www.healthit.gov/patients-families/ehealth
Walker, J., &Carayon, P. (2009). From tasks to processes: the case for changing health information technology to improve health care. Health Affairs, 28(2), 467-477. Retrieved from: http://content.healthaffairs.org/content/28/2/467.full.pdf+html-
Park, T., &Basch, P. (2009). A historic opportunity: Wedding health information technology to care delivery innovation and provider payment reform. Center for American Progress. Retrieved from: http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/healthcare/report/2009/05/18/6025/a-historic-opportunity/
Chaudhry, B., Jerome, W., Shinyi, W., Maglione, M., Mojica, W., Roth, E., & … Shekelle, P. G. (2006). Systematic Review: Impact of Health Information Technology on Quality, Efficiency, and Costs of Medical Care. Annals Of Internal Medicine, 144(10), E12-W18, 144:742. Retrieved from: http://annals.org/article.aspx?articleid=723406
Power, D. (n.d.).Types of decision support systems (DSS). Retrieved from http://www.gdrc.org/decision/dss-types.html
Berner, E. S. (2009). Clinical Support Systems: State of the Art. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ Publication No. 09-0069-EF). Retrieved from https://healthit.ahrq.gov/sites/default/files/docs/page/09-0069-EF_1.pdf
Weaver, C. (2010, April 7). Savings from computerizing medical records are hard to measure. Kaiser Health News. Retrieved from http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Stories/2010/April/07/veterans-admin-electronic-health-record.aspx
Optional Resources

Readings

Berry, K. (2008, February). A Rx to improve medication safety. Behavioral Healthcare, 28(2), 36–8.

Websites

Health IT
http://www.govhealthit.com/
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
http://www.ahrq.gov
Please proceed to the Discussion.
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