IT, Legal, Ethical and Regulatory Considerations for Proposed EHR Technology Solution

IT, Legal, Ethical and Regulatory Considerations for Proposed EHR Technology Solution

Before you begin this assignment, be sure you have read the “UMUC Family Clinic Case Study”, the Case Study Stages 1-3, your required readings and feedback on your graded work so far.

Purpose of this Assignment

This assignment gives you the opportunity to apply the concepts of this course to address the capabilities and requirements for the certified EHR technology solution you have proposed for the UMUC Family Clinic.  This assignment addresses the following course outcomes to enable you to:

·  Evaluate the organizational environment in the health care industry to recognize how technology solutions enable strategic outcomes.

·  Evaluate technology solutions in the health care industry to improve the quality of care, safety, and financial management decisions.

  • Examine the implications of ethical, legal, and regulatory policy issues on health care information systems.

IT, Legal, Ethical and Regulatory Considerations for Proposed EHR Technology Solution 

Following your recommendation of a certified EHR system for the UMUC Family Clinic in your Stage 3 project, the owner of the UMUC Family Clinic wants to be sure he has considered everything before authorizing funding for the project.  In evaluating an IT proposal, there are several areas that need to be considered.  The owner, Dr. Martin, has asked you to prepare a table addressing the important aspects/considerations of the project. These considerations are listed in the table provided with this assignment. Considerations include such areas as IT operational, architectural, project, legal and ethical considerations.

Depending on the specific EHR technology solution you proposed, some of the considerations would be more important than others, and some will be implemented as part of the system while others will require processes and procedures to be developed.   

The responses that you enter into the table for each consideration must be aligned to the one specific EHR solution you proposed and must be appropriate to the UMUC Family Clinic.


Using the EHR technology solution you proposed in Stage 3, you should briefly explain it and then copy the table below and complete the remaining two columns.  For each area of consideration, you should provide a brief description, a minimum of two sentences, and a brief explanation, a minimum of two sentences, to explain how that consideration will be accommodated in your solution. DO NOT copy the definitions from the textbook or other sources but put into your own words to demonstrate your understanding of the concept as you provide your descriptions.  Descriptions and explanations must provide enough information to convey your understanding of the consideration.  Use the Grading Rubric to be sure you have covered everything.  Submit your paper with both parts 1 and 2 below via your Assignment Folder as a Microsoft Word document, or a document that can be read using Microsoft Word.

Part 1: Briefly explain your proposed EHR technology solution.  Identify what the solution is, what it is expected to do for the UMUC Family Clinic, and what major hardware, software and communications components will be used, summarizing the information you provided for Stage 3.  You must provide enough information here so that it is clear that your explanations in the table that follow apply to your proposed solution.

Part 2:  Table of Considerations.  The Areas for consideration are defined in the section “Course Resources” which follows the table of considerations below.  An example for one entry is also provided below (you cannot use the area identified in the example for your assignment).  Click on the upper left corner of the table to copy it into your paper.  Then, provide a description (like a definition, but in your own words) for each consideration and an explanation of how it will be accommodated in your proposed EHR solution; the area may be addressed by a specific capability provided with the system, by a policy/process/procedure to be developed at the UMUC Family Clinic, or by a combination of the two.  Explain how the consideration will specifically be accommodated.  NOTE:  For full credit for all descriptions and explanations, the (minimum of) two sentences must fully explain and justify your reasoning.  Roll your mouse over the top left corner of the table to select it and copy it into your assignment paper.

There should also be a well-written introduction to this table to tie it to Part 1 of the assignment; do not just insert a table with no explanation.

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