The Use of Health Information Technology to Improve Quality and Increase Safety

Health information technology can be a powerful tool for improving the quality of health care

delivery. Yet, the transition to implementation can be expensive and challenging, and it can

sometimes be difficult to demonstrate the return on investment.

To prepare for this Application:

Identify a specific challenge related to quality and safety.

Investigate how health information technology could be used to address this challenge. Conduct

research of your own then, narrow your focus to one type of technology that would be highly

beneficial for addressing this challenge.

Consider the potential outcomes associated with implementing this technology.

What stakeholder concerns might arise?

How would it potentially decrease (or would it possibly increase) systems errors and/or errors related

to human factors?

How could the return on investment be determined?

The Assignment

Write a paper that addresses the following:

1) Identify a specific challenge related to quality and safety.

2) Explain how health information technology could be used to address this challenge. (Make your

response as specific as possible.)

3) Evaluate possible outcomes of the implementation of this technology.

 

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