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    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 IT implementation strategy is not appropriately defined and planned.

    To prepare for this paper:

    • Consider the types and purposes of systems that are implemented in health care organizations and the needs of the diverse stakeholders (including clinicians, staff, and patients) who use these systems.

    • Select a specific type of system in a clinical or administrative area of particular interest to you. Invent a scenario in which this system is being introduced into a particular (hypothetical) health care organization, and you are a member of a cross-functional team charged with leading the system's implementation.

    • Conduct online research to find out more information, as needed, about the requirements of and challenges related to using this system.

    • Think through the steps needed for a successful implementation of this system, and anticipate likely obstacles, both technical and human, in the implementation phase. For your scenario, what would your implementation plan include?

    Complete a 1 page paper on the following:

    • Briefly, describe the information system and the hypothetical health care organization you have selected for this scenario.

    • As a member of a cross-functional team charged with leading the implementation of this system, describe two challenges that your team might expect to encounter during the implementation process. Provide a rationale for your response.

    • Describe two critical factors for the successful implementation of that system. How do you think these two approaches will help mitigate the anticipated challenges?

    You must use references that are no more than three years old. APA style

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    Presenting....The Best Healthcare Cost Accounting System....Ever!

    Congratulations! You and your sale's team have worked hard to land the deal, and you finally made that big sale. You have sold them what you consider to be the best Healthcare Cost Accounting System in the market: Cost Accounting Super Hero (CASH). It is a Software as a Service (SaaS) product, which means it is plug and play; the client will be able to access the system from their internet browser with very little help from their IT department. The acronym is deliberate and is intended to further support the fact that a penny saved is a penny earned. Not to mention, your team is comprised of super heroes! CASH is designed with a front end system that is easy to use and understand, even by someone who doesn't have a strong cost accounting background. The back-end of the system has been tweaked and optimized over a period of several years for maximum performance and speed. This cost accounting system will help your client determine at the patient level a reasonable estimate of cost (or resources consumed). This is useful for your clients when determining how best to contain costs and which Service Lines are gaining and losing money. As with any system, there are some bugs, but those bugs are very minor, in fact there have been no complaints from current clients of bugs for months. In fact, you are so confident of this system that sales demos actually take place in a Production environment. Your new client is the same type of client as existing clients; it is a hospital. Although cost accounting information is useful across all industries and every aspect of healthcare, cost accounting is a specialized accounting method that differs across different types of industries and organizations. Therefore, applying cost accounting to an insurance company would have a different setup than in a hospital. Your organization excels in hospital cost accounting and sees no reason just yet to court different types of healthcare organizations, instead choosing to build a pool that is deep instead of wide.

    This client will be very strategic for your organization. Per ...

    Solution Summary

    Implementation of an information system in healthcare is provided.