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Health Systems and Policy

Health systems, or health care systems, are organizations of people, resources and institutions that deliver health care services to meet the health care needs of the population. Their goal is to promote, restore or maintain health. The delivery of health care services can be coordinated between governments, charities, trade unions and/or religious bodies. Health systems include efforts to influence determinants of health in addition to providing health care.

Health systems provide resource generation, health care services, financing and stewardship, an ethic that embodies the responsible planning and management of resources. Values of health systems include quality, acceptability, efficiency and equity. Health systems include intersectoral action by health care staff, for instance nurses advocating to the ministry of education to promote female education, which is a determinant for better health.

Individuals who are part of health systems include health professionals and allied health professionals, who are health care professions distinct from nursing, medicine, and pharmacy. Examples of health workers include doctors, nurses, paramedics, dentists, therapists, pharmacists and optometrists. They can be self-employed or working in a hospital or clinic, whether private for-profit, private not-for-profit or government funded. They may also work in non-direct patient care fields such as medical laboratories or a government health department. 


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Categories within Health Systems and Policy

Health Insurance

Postings: 91

Health insurance is coverage that provides for the payments of benefits as a result of sickness or injury.

Healthcare Spending

Postings: 40

Funding and resources for providing and improving the delivery of health care services.


Postings: 15

A clinic is a health care facility that is primarily devoted to the care of outpatients.

Nursing Homes

Postings: 8

Nursing homes are places of residence for people who need constant nursing care and have trouble coping with the daily activities of life.


Postings: 78

An institution providing medical and surgical treatment and nursing care for sick or injured people.

Quality Care Assurance

Postings: 52

Quality Care Assurance programs are intended to assure and improve the quality of care given by healthcare professionals.

The "paradox" of U.S. health care delivery and outcomes

The textbook authors, Sultz and Young, present what they describe as the "paradox" of U.S. health care. What do they mean by this term as applied to health care in America today? What can be done about this paradox in your view?

DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice) Reflection

Include a self-assessment regarding learning that you believe represents your skills, knowledge, and integrative abilities to meet the pertinent DNP Essential and sub-competencies (AACN, 2006) as a result of active learning throughout this course. Be sure to use examples from selected readings, threaded discussions, and/or appli

Restriction on Unavoidable Overtime

Go to http://www.aha.org, and search for "Workforce Challenges." Select "[PDF] WkforceChallenge10_Layout1." This link will lead you to the article title "Advancing Excellence in Patient Care: Workforce Challenges." Part 1: What is your view of the AHA position on workforce issues? Part 2: Select any one of the "workforce chall

Key Indexes of Health and Disease

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A prescription for health care system stakeholders

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Medical Errors Preventions and Communication

The medical care system in the United States is still grappling with large numbers of medical errors. How do the competing agendas of healthcare stakeholders, such as executives, providers, patients, and insurers, impact medical errors? Also, discuss how better communication, including through technology, might be used to reduce

Health/Public Policy

Part 1: Public health and the maintenance of the same is integral to any developed nation. To that end, in the United States, federal, state, and local agencies must work to establish guidelines, rules, and requirements that provide baselines to protect the health of the public at large. I need to answer the following questions

Types of Evaluation

What reasons might exist for initiating an evaluation? When might an evaluation be inappropriate? What steps or activities are involved in planning how to conduct an evaluation?

strategic IT implementation

Read the Strategic Plan Proposal. Strategic Plan Proposal You have been asked by leadership within your department to design and submit a Strategic Plan Proposal to be used as a model for a proposed IT-related health care initiative to promote successful post-implementation adoption by internal and external stakeholders.

Healthcare Information System Collaborative Strategies

Write a 1,400- to 1,750-word paper delineating how health care organizations do the following: •Develop collaborative strategies predicated upon best practices. •Share lessons learned from failure. •Coordinate resource utilization. •Develop innovative training programs. Conclude with recommendations for optimizin

Integrated Delivery Network using CDR and CDS

Case Study An integrated delivery network (IDN) serving a large urban and rural demographic area is using separate EHR systems in its inpatient and outpatient settings. Some of the specialty departments have also purchased their own systems for documentation. Unfortunately this means that information collected in the inpatient

Standardization for the International Classification of Diseases

I need as much information in order to help in getting started to write a short paper on the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) 1. Explain what prompted the creation of this classification. Who created it, when, and in what context? For the context, consider the setting and what problem they were trying to solve.-

Tools for Operations Assessment and Improvement

The balanced scorecard (BSC), first introduced by Kaplan and Norton in 1992, has been gradually adopted by health care organizations (HCOs) over the last 2 decades as a tool to drive performance (Kaplan & Norton, 1992). This "balanced" approach takes into account the multiple variables that determine an HCO's success without pla

Three Technological Trends in Health Care

Imagine you have been selected to consult for a prestigious health care organization. Your ultimate goal is to develop a proposal to present to the board of the organization. At their last meeting, the board asked you to prepare a proposal on how the organization might adopt a technology trend to improve the quality of the healt

Healthcare Reform and Information Systems

Analyze and evaluate the implications of 5-7 major initiatives associated with healthcare reform on the designing and planning of 21st century healthcare information systems. The impact that each initiative may have on the following: Leadership, governance, and the role of a healthcare CIO Strategic HMIS planning and organ

Implementing a Health Information System

Implementing a Health Information System A well designed health information system can lead to safer patient care and to streamlined work processes. Yet in most circumstances, the introduction of new technology brings new hurdles to overcome and can even cause staff frustration and inefficiency. This is especially true if the I

System Security and Ease of Use

See the attached file. Select a type of health care organization, such as an outpatient clinic, nursing home, or hospital, and a specific department or function in this setting, such as a nursing unit, radiology department, or admissions, which would make use of sensitive health data. Then write an abstract and a 2-3 page p

Root Cause Analysis RCA

You are the Vice President of Quality at Harris Hospital. You are responsible for ensuring quality patient care, monitoring staff adherence to policy standards and conducting investigations following negative patient outcomes. There was a recent event whereby a patient received a drug resulting in a negative outcome. The event h

Quality of Care: Assessments and Value

1. Discuss the validity of the quote "What gets measured gets improved." Will a culture of incessant measurement and benchmarking help improve healthcare, or will it make stakeholders work to improve numbers without improving overall care? 2. Several processes in the healthcare organization do not provide value. Please discus

Payment Models Questions

1. What do you view as the overall contracting strategy in your market and how it will impact providers? 2. Give a positive and negative perspective on the two distinct models used in health care: FFS and Capitation reimbursement risk contracting models. 3. Is the capitation contracting model a sustainable model in your

Medical Procedure Baseline Cost Analysis

Fundamentality, it is important to understand our internal cost structure prior to approaching the task of contracting for service lines. Payers provide a reimbursement amount for the cost of your services. The goal is to demonstrate that one understands the cost you incur to provide a specific service. While cost is often driv

New Clinical Information Technology

It is believed the Internet, telehealth, and new clinical information technology will begin to change the strategies and market structure in health care. How would this affect the health care institutions? Why? Do you believe this would be a positive change? Explain. Shi, L. & Singh, D. (2012). Delivering health care in Amer

Cost Benefit Analysis of Technology Use in Healthcare

Are we better off today as technology, broadly defined, has become the centerpiece of our healthcare system? Consider both clinical outcomes as well as the associated costs. Will computers and new technology improve efficiency and reduce costs, will they improve quality and raise costs, or will they accomplish all three--improv

Price Regulation in Pharmaceuticals

What role must government have in price regulation of prescription medications in a free market economy? Why must government play this role?

Cost Analysis Studies on Health Care Policy

How do cost analysis studies influence the development of health care policy? Do the most cost-effective practices always get adopted into law? Use specific examples to support your opinion.

Importance of Policy Analysis

Why is policy analysis an important tool in the development of health care policy? What important information can thorough health policy analysis provide? One-sentence responses are not appropriate and will not receive full credit.

Government Sponsored Insurance Programs: Medicare and Funding

Medicare is a government sponsored insurance program. Because the source of Medicare funding comes from taxpayers, could a case be made that funding medical education is disproportionately financed through Medicare? Why or Why not? Please provide a short discussion and include one scholarly reference for the above issue.

Health Care Policy and Affordable Health Care Act

A hallmark of President Barack Obama's administration has been the introduction of his Affordable Health Care Act. What are the main goals of the Affordable Health Care Act? Provide an argument for or against its implementation. Make sure to provide evidence to support your position. One-sentence posts is not appropriate.