Application: Organization Planning, Project Management, and Information Technology
The successful implementation and subsequent meaningful use of information technology solutions within a health care organization is a challenging and iterative process. The organization must engage in careful and ongoing strategic and tactical planning to ensure that the implemented technology will ultimately be effective and beneficial for its practitioners, staff, and patients.
To prepare for this Application Assignment, review the information presented in this week’s Learning Resources on strategic and tactical planning for health information technology and the application of project management methodology by health care organizations to facilitate the
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One of these opportunities would be quality improvements in the clinical setting, as well as more timely access to health information and patient records, and the reduction of medical errors (New York Health Care Commission ,n.d.). In addition to these benefits of HIT, cost savings would result (New York Health Care Commission ,n.d.). Instead of each physician’s office having a different paper copy of a patient records, HIT would allow an EHR or electronic health record (New York Health Care Commission ,n.d.). This EHR is the computerized version of patient records, so each physician would have the same access to the same patient information (New York Health Care Commission ,n.d.). But the ultimate goal of the HIT is to allow a patient’s EHR to be access from anywhere in the country (New York Health Care Commission ,n.d.). It is important to a health care organization to develop tactical plans for the use of information technology, because the goal is strategic. The HHS or the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has a strategic plan in place for the use of information technology, in which they want to improve the management on information technology performance and optimize the impact of information technology in three to five years (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, 2010).
Project management methodology benefits an organization in