Informatics Solution Proposal: Areas of Evaluation
Select two products from the category you identified in Week 3. For example, if you selected EHRs, then identify two specific EHR products.
Determine a minimum of five criteria with which to evaluate the functionality of the two products and describe these criteria. Consider:
• ease of use
Format your assignment as one of the following:
• 10- to 12-slide presentation
• 350- to 525-word paper
Include a minimum of three peer-reviewed sources, and develop an APA-formatted reference page.
Note: References may include product websites or other reputable sources in addition to peer-reviewed resources. Faculty approval is required for sources other than peer-reviewed resources.
Here is the week assignment that was being referred to:
Informatics Solution Proposal: General Solution
The department aims to improve quality health care delivery. The administrative problem that exists is the loss of patient’s data hence the category of the technology solution that would be appropriate for this department is an addition of computerized provider order entry (CPOE) as it will minimize the loss of patient’s data. CPOE entails entering and sending of treatment instructions such as patient’s medication, radiology, and laboratory orders through a computer application instead of using manual paperwork. It enables the physicians to enter the medications, and care orders for patients hence aim to improve patient safety and care.
CPOE is appropriate for solving the problem of losing the patient’s data hence reduce the need to conduct repeated tests that increase the cost of healthcare. It is beneficial since it minimizes possible medical errors by producing clear, standardized and complete orders (Coustasse, Shaffer, Conley, Coliflower, Deslich & Sikula, 2015). It also contains the clinical decision support system that checks the patient’s medical allergies, drug interactions and any other problem that might occur in health care thus improving the patient’s safety (Berner, 2009). CPOE improves on efficiency since providers can electronically submit various orders.
All the orders entered to CPOE becomes an integrated part of the medical records that the providers send directly to laboratories, radiology, and pharmacies hence improve communication between the providers and the healthcare team. They retrieve the information faster, therefore, saving on time and enhance efficiency in patient care delivery.
Moreover, CPOE provides comprehensive documentation of the patient’s case and the medical history that act as a reference point for the provider to administer medication or decide whether to change the treatment plan for the patient (Coustasse et al., 2015). It, therefore, allows the physician to design the most appropriate treatment at lower costs thus improving patient’s quality care. Additionally, the use of CPOE enhances reimbursement. As it is, some orders might require pre-approval from the insurance plans hence CPOE facilitate order pre-approvals thus minimizing the possibility of rejected insurance claims.
However, in all aspects of healthcare, the use of information technology contributes to the rise of ethical issues. The use of CPOE can thus cause more ethical problems within the healthcare institution (Slight, Eguale, Amato, Seger, Whitney, Bates & Schiff, 2015). For instance, patients might no longer have the right to privacy and make an independent decision regarding their health status since almost all the medical providers involved in ensuring patient’s recovery can access the information and contribute towards clinical decisions. In most cases, the physicians share the patient’s medical information without their consent hence compromising their treatment. The system risk being affected by the breach of data to a third party due to physician’s mistakes, theft or cyber attacks that threaten confidentiality and privacy of patient’s health information hence it becomes available to unauthorized persons without the patient’s consent (Slight et al., 2015).
It is essential to appreciate the role of CPOE in solving the administrative problem which is the loss of the patient’s data since it provides many benefits to the administration thus enhancing patient care and safety. However, it also becomes crucial to identify potential issues that might arise as they directly impact the patient. Hence it becomes critical to address the ethical issues that might occur due to the use of CPOE to ensure there is an improved quality of patient care and safety.
Berner, E. S. (2009). Clinical decision support systems: state of the art. AHRQ publication, 90069.
Coustasse, A., Shaffer, J., Conley, D., Coliflower, J., Deslich, S., & Sikula Sr, A. (2015). Computer Physician Order Entry (CPOE): Benefits and concerns-a status report. In Healthcare Administration: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications (pp. 726-742). IGI Global.
Slight, S. P., Eguale, T., Amato, M. G., Seger, A. C., Whitney, D. L., Bates, D. W., & Schiff, G. D. (2015). The vulnerabilities of computerized physician order entry systems: a qualitative study. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, 23(2), 311-316.