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Should healthcare organizations develop disease prevention strategies?

Should healthcare organizations develop disease prevention strategies? Why or why not? Do you think ethically it is their responsibility?

Part 1 (Group):

Each member of the group should use the Cybrary or other Web resources to research this topic. Post the results of your research to the Small Group Discussion Board. Feel free to include examples from personal experience and knowledge from the text readings. Comment on, or ask questions about, other students' postings to clarify points.

Part 2 (Individual):

Each member of the group should create a memo for managers of a health care organiation which summarizes his or her research and incorporates useful ideas from the other members.

Objective: Explain the drivers of value in healthcare considering operational and strategic architecture for quality standards.

Recognize situations that present potential legal and ethical issues and develop solutions for those issues.

Discuss the opportunities provided by technology for businesses.

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You must recognize that I in helping you with this just can give you hints. I can not do the searches or write the whole result for you. Instead I will give you these hints of what I think are the important issues: Prevention is always - when possible - better than cures. Consider smallpox. A truly horrible infectious disease with high mortality, risk of disfigurement, blindness etc. Yet, Dr Jennings could in the late 18:th century with his simple, cheap and rather SAFE vaccination method reduce the risk of getting the illness to practically zero (an earlier vaccination method, variolation, was far from safe).

The same applies to other vaccinations.

Even if you can not prevent the illness in the same way it is ALWAYS better to catch it as early as possible. So with a combination of mammography, "MRI-mammography" and ultrasound you can catch breast cancer in a very early stage when it is much more easily treated. Likewise, with routine eye pressure checks you can catch glaucoma in an early, more treatable state. The same situation exists with regards to routine blood pressure checks and hypertension. When I was a child and tuberculosis was regarded as a GREAT threat, routine lung X-ray checks - and other tests - did the same with regards to this illness. Routine gynecological smears have brought down the incidence of gynecological cervic cancer to a much lower level and recent research advancements more or less promise us to have this problem eliminated with the help of a vaccination against the cancer causing Human ...

Solution Summary

This solution discusses important issues in healthcare, including prevention and early diagnosis and the related moral, ethical and medical problems with these. This solution also identifies health care costs, life style factors and other challenges to treatment. This solution is approximately 900 words and should provide the student with an interesting read and a good start to his or her assignment.