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Read the article "A High Dose of Tech" and answer questions

Read the article "A High Dose of Tech" at www.usnews.com/usnews/tech/articles/040802/2wired.htm
(6 pages) and answer the questions given below.

1.What are two problems related to use of technology identified in this article? How significant are these problems for healthcare organizations?

2. What is the Leapfrog Group? How is their agenda related to the implementation of information technology in healthcare?

3.Identify and describe at least three types of technology solutions for healthcare organizations that are discussed in this article. Do you agree with the article's assessment of the value of these solutions?

4.The article mentions financial solutions or special programs that can assist healthcare organizations in the implementation of information technology. Which of these seem feasible to you, and why? If none seem feasible, explain why.

5.What types of organizational culture changes (especially within the medical staff) will have to take place in order to incorporate IT solutions in the healthcare workplace? Identify at least two changes.

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1. What are two problems related to use of technology identified in this article? How significant are these problems for healthcare organizations?

One of the problems related to the use of technology is the precise requirements that some of the software has. There is no built in margin for error, so even something as simple as a misspelling can cause a patient's file or medication order to be rejected. Another problem is the time commitment that needs to be put into training for the staff at a medical facility. If the staff is resistant to the new technology and refuse to learn or to cooperate with the guidelines of the software, then there is a risk that errors will occur in the system due to lack of consistency.

Both of these problems are significant as they result in an investment of time for training, or in wasted time trying to correct errors in the system. Many healthcare organizations argue that it is not worth the training, time or expense to change to the new system and to utilize technology over a prescription pad.

2. What is the Leapfrog Group? How is their agenda related to the implementation of information technology in healthcare?

The Leapfrog Group is a voluntary program aimed at mobilizing employer purchasing power to alert America's health industry that big leaps in health ...

Solution Summary

Answers the following:

1.What are two problems related to use of technology identified in this article? How significant are these problems for healthcare organizations?

2. What is the Leapfrog Group? How is their agenda related to the implementation of information technology in healthcare?

3.Identify and describe at least three types of technology solutions for healthcare organizations that are discussed in this article. Do you agree with the article's assessment of the value of these solutions?

4.The article mentions financial solutions or special programs that can assist healthcare organizations in the implementation of information technology. Which of these seem feasible to you, and why? If none seem feasible, explain why.

5.What types of organizational culture changes (especially within the medical staff) will have to take place in order to incorporate IT solutions in the healthcare workplace? Identify at least two changes.

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