Addressing Challenges through Management Information Systems
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The types of management information systems used across health care may vary by the setting, but they have in common the objectiveto streamline and enhance administrative processes and thereby support the institution's ultimate goal of delivering optimal patient care.
In this Application Assignment, you will explore ways that technology might help address health care management problems with which you are already familiar from past coursework and/or professional experiences, such as issues in human resources, operations, organizational management, or financial management.
Prepare for this Application Assignment as follows:
- Identify a specific management challenge in health care that you have learned about through coursework or professional experience. This may be an issue you have researched for an assignment in a previous course, but it need not be. (This week's Learning Resources include numerous examples of these challenges; review these, as needed, for ideas.)
- Conduct an online search to identify and learn more about one management information system (or application) that can improve performance in this area. Find out about challenges to adoption that this technology might pose.
- Keeping in mind Chapter 13, "IT Alignment and Strategic Planning," from the course text Health Care Information Systems: A Practical Approach for Health Management consider the various steps an organization would need to take, and the various stakeholders who would be involved, in planning for this system. What would be some of the barriers in planning for this system?
Then write a 2-page paper that addresses the following:
- Briefly summarize the nature and purpose of the management information system you selected, and identify the specific health care setting in which it might be used.
- What challenge(s) would this system address? Describe how this system would lead to improvements in particular managerial functions. How would you expect this system to transform the organization?
- What are key organizational barriers to adopting this system?
- Discuss the ways in which this system might align with an organization’s strategic goals, the processes by which an organization would strategically plan for this system, and the primary stakeholders who would be involved.
This Application Assignment is due by 19, November 2014. Your written assignments must follow APA guidelines. Be sure to support your work with specific citations from this week’s Learning Resources and additional scholarly
sources as appropriate. Refer to theEssential Guide to APA Style for Ashford Students to ensure your in-text citations and reference list are correct.
- This chapter establishes the interrelated processes of strategic planning in an organization and the effective use of IT, both as a strategic goal and as a means of helping an organization follow its other long-terms plans.
- Article: Rogoski, R. R. (2006). Counting on efficiency: Healthcare organizations in growth mode need financial information systems that can accommodate expansion. Health Management Technology, 27(3), 10–14. Retrieved from http://ezp.waldenulibrary.org/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=rzh&AN=2009332856&site=ehost-live&scope=site The article examines how U.S. health care organizations are in need of financial information systems that can accommodate expansion. The problem in health care, however, is that the best-in-breed approach taken by many institutions has created a world of disparate systems that require interfacing with other hospital systems.
- Article: Catalino, J. (2010). Software solutions can trim rising costs. Health Management Technology, 31(3), 1