Withouta doubt, the current world in technology-driven, and will continuewith the same trend for eternity. Therefore, for an organization toserve its clients efficiently and fast, it needs to adopt the moderntechnology that will make its operations easier. The medical industryis not left out. Indeed, it is in the medical industry, where a bulkof patients` records is kept, where the modern technology is mostlyneeded. The Integrated Electronic Health Record (EHR) is one of theapplications of technology to solve the problem of the publicreporting system. One of the areas this system is being deployed, inAlliance Heath Hospital, is cardiac surgery.
Statementof the Problem
AllianceHeath Hospital is a pioneer in embracing modern technology in thedelivery of better medical service to the people. Use of theIntegrated Electronic Health Record to solve the problem of thepublic reporting system, specifically in cardiac surgery, is one thatis filled with both opportunities and challenges. While the systempromises to make it easier in dealing with cases of cardiac surgeryby making good use of the public reporting system, at the same time,it faces some challenges that must get a solution to make it asuccess. This pilot program for cardiac surgery is sophisticated. Itconsists of the use of past algorithms to assess procedures likeimaging, cardiac catheterization, and other medications areappropriate for specific patients, considering the gravity of theirdiseases, comorbidities, life expectancy, and other factors (Robey,2014).
Themain challenges facing Alliance Heath Hospital`s use of theIntegrated Electronic Health Record (EHR) for its cardiac surgeryprocedures are the lack of accuracy of the data, lack ofeffectiveness of the system, and the high cost of implementation.This technological system of managing cardiac surgery falls short ofgiving an accurate data and picture of the real cases of cardiacsurgery. Instead, it opens a legal loophole that can be easilyexploited by the patients to sue the hospital management (Robey etal, 2014)
Itwould be difficult to determine the effectiveness of the system inidentifying cases whereby patients do not get appropriate care. Thesystem only helps in knowing when the benefits of the medicationsgiven to patients are in doubt (Silow-Carroll et al., 2012).Lastly,the cost of installing the new system, especially for imaging, woulddrive the cost of operation in the hospital. Worse still, the systemmay take several years to implement, consuming a lot of resources inthe process.
Analyzingand Evaluating Alternatives
Threemain issues that require a prior attention of the management beforeinstalling the system are a lack of accuracy of the data, lack ofeffectiveness of the system, and the high cost of implementation. Anysystem that lacks accuracy in the data presented will not deliver thedesired results. Thus, the issue of accuracy of the system must besorted out before it is implemented, this also applies to the problemlack of effectiveness of the system. The high cost that is needed toimplement the system should also be reduced, and the years needed toimplement reduced too.
Selectingthe Preferred Alternative
AllianceHeath Hospital’s use of the Integrated Electronic Health Record(EHR) was an attempt at solving the problem of analyzing data.However, the challenges that the system encountered has ensured thatit cannot operate efficiently. To make it better, the hospital`s EHRsystem should be customized (Cifuenteset al.,2016).
Themanagement of Alliance Health Hospital needs to take certain radicaldecisions this will help it to solve problems of the ElectronicHealth Record system(EHR). One, it needs to have a standard templateof the system. Without a standard model, it`s hard for EHRto track the information efficiently and effectively. AllianceHeath Hospital needs to have a standardized template that makes iteasy for the staff to learn how to use, and to use. If all the issuesaffecting this system are solved, then the hospital’s cardiacsurgery will be done in an efficient and effective way, and they willalso be less costly.
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Silow-Carroll,S., Edwards, J.N., &Rodin,D. (2012). Using Electronic Health Records to Improve the Quality andEfficiency: The Experiences of Leading Hospitals. The CommonwealthFund.Retrieved from:http://www.commonwealthfund.org/~/media/Files/Publications/Issue%20Brief/2012/Jul/1608_SilowCarroll_using_EHRs_improve_quality.pdf