HCA 360 Discussion Question with Answers Topic 1 to 8

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HCA 360 Topic 1 DQ 1

From the many disparate systems that comprise an HMIS (clinical, management, strategic decision support, eHealth applications, etc.), choose one and identify three technology-based issues that might arise within that system. Discuss how managers could collaborate with HMIS developers to address each issue. Cite at least one reference in your response.

 HCA 360 Topic 1 DQ2

Read the scenario titled “Charting the Future of Philips Health Suite Digital Platform Toward a New Vision of Connected Health” located before Chapter 1 in the textbook. How is the digitization of health information changing the global face of the health care industry? What benefits do you envision the Phillips- Samsung partnership will bring to their customers and patients?


HCA 360 Topic 2 DQ 1

In the health care field, digital equity is becoming more of a reality for many western countries. What are some barriers to achieving digital equity globally? What would need to happen for digital equity to be possible on a global scale?

HCA 360 Topic 2 DQ 2

With an increase in the accessibility of health care technology, individuals are interfacing differently with their own health than they did 20 years ago, largely by being more involved in understanding their own personal health data. How is this increase in health autonomy shifting the relationship between patients and health care professionals or the health care industry in general? Cite at least one reference in your response.


 HCA 360 Topic 3 DQ 1

What is the difference between electronic health records (EHR) and electronic medical records (EMR)? What are the advantages and disadvantages of EHR? How do electronic records improve workflow processes and reduce costs? Explain. Cite at least one reference in your response.

HCA 360 Topic 3 DQ 2

In 2009, the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act was created to encourage the private and secure implementation of electronic health records (EHR) in health care organizations. Now that it has been in effect for over a decade, research how the HITECH Act has influenced the relationship between health care organizations and EHR. Provide a link to an article published within the last two years that discusses the effects of the HITECH Act, and summarize the article in your own words. Explain how HITECH Act compliance and mindful use of EHR technology has positively or negatively impacted the health care industry.


HCA 360 Topic 4 DQ 1

Explain the concept of a “performance objective” as it relates to strategic planning. Develop three information systems-related performance objectives for your department. Elaborate on what these performance objectives will enable your department to eventually achieve. (If you are not employed in a health care organization, refer to an industry in which you work or have worked).

HCA 360 Topic 4 DQ 2

How does a pharmacy information system (PIS) function as an HMIS within a health care network? What influence might a PIS have on pharmacy workflow efficiency, health care/pharmaceutical costs, and patient experience?


HCA 360 Topic 5 DQ 1

Assume that you have been tasked with developing a new type of electronic patient portal, which will offer patients the online functionality to schedule appointments, complete and submit forms, request prescription refills, and pay their bills. What are some of the issues related to data security you will need to consider and plan for in order to ensure patient privacy and confidentiality? Cite resources used to support your response.

HCA 360 Topic 5 DQ 2

What is business intelligence (BI) and how is it used to manage large quantities of complex data in health care organizations? How can business intelligence help a health care organization gain competitive advantage in the health care industry? How does business intelligence help a health care organization provide better quality care to patients?


HCA 360 Topic 6 DQ 1

Why do HIPAA’s privacy and security requirements cover some health care entities and not others? How might an entity not covered by HIPAA pose a risk to a health care provider or organization?

HCA 360 Topic 6 DQ 2

In addition to the privacy and security of confidential patient information, what are some other risks in a health care organization, both legal and ethical, that arise from using health IS/IT? Provide examples to support your response.


HCA 360 Topic 7 DQ 1

How can health care organizations utilize social media to better understand the needs and preferences of patients and consumers?

HCA 360 Topic 7 DQ 2

Research different types of telemedicine. Select one type of telemedicine and locate an article published within the last 2 years that discusses its use in the health care field. Summarize the article and explain how long the service has been available, what it offers to users, and how health care organizations can benefit from the integration of this technology or service. Cite any resources used to support your answer.


HCA 360 Topic 8 DQ 1

Given current demands on physicians, how likely is it that over the next 5 years most small practices will adopt EMR and, potentially, HMIS? What are some of the factors that might influence these investment decisions? State your views and support your assertions with examples and references.

HCA 360 Topic 8 DQ 2

In what ways do you anticipate 3D printing will become even more commonplace in the health care industry? How does 3D printing represent the adaptive face of HMIS?