How would you respond to the boards desire for a return on investment from this initiative?

Review the case information below and answer dis Show more ASSESSING THE VALUE AND IMPACT OF CPOE Instructions Review the case information below and answer discussion questions. Responses should be no more than 1-2 paragraphs per question. High scoring answer will address each part of the each question using correct grammar professional style and formatting. Please double space responses include the question number 12 point font and standard margins. Background Information The University Health Care System is an academic medical center with over 1200 licensed beds and over 9000 employees. The system comprises the University Hos pital Winston Geriatric Hospital Jefferson Rehabilitation Hospital and two outpatient centers in the metropolitan area. The system has a history of being a patriarchal physician-driven organization. When University Health Care first started taking patients it was viewed as a Mecca to which community physicians throughout the South referred difficult-to-treat patients. That referral mentality persisted for decades so physicians within the system had had a difficult time making the transition to an organization that had to compete for patients with other health care entities in the region. In recent years University Health Care System has evolved and given physicians proportionately more clout in decision making in part because the health care leadership team has not stepped forward. Creating a balance between clinician providers and administrative leadership is a real issue. In the midst of the difficulty both groups have agreed to embark on the electronic medical record (EMR) journey. Currently about 55 percent of the systems patient record is electronic; the remainder is on paper. The physicians as a whole however have embraced technology and view the EMR as the right road to take in achieving the organizations goal of providing high quality safe cost-effective patient care Information Systems Challenge Currently the University Health Care System is in the midst of rolling out the CPOE portion of the EMR project. The multidisciplinary decision-making project was established before beginning the initiative and leaders and clinicians tried to educate them selves on what CPOE project would entail. They were familiar with cases such as one at where CPOE was halted after a physician uproar over the time it took to use patient safety concerns. To help ensure this did not happen at the University Health Care System the leadership team decided to take a slower phased-in approach. Team members visited similar organizations that had implemented CPOE attended vendor user-group conferences consulted with colleagues from across the nation and articulated the following project goals: Optimize patient safety Improve quality outcomes and reduce variation m practice through the use of evidence-based practice guidelines Reduce risk for errors Accommodate regulatory standards expectations Enhance patient satisfaction Standardize processes Improve efficiency The board has made it very clear that it wants regular updates on the progress of the project and expects to see what the return on the investment has been. Discussion Questions: I. How might you evaluate the CPOE implementation process at University Health Care System? Give examples of different methods or strategies you might employ. (At least 2 methods or strategies) 2. How would you respond to the boards desire for a return on investment from this initiative? Is it a reasonable request? Why or why not? 3. Assume you are to lead the evaluation component of this project. You have reviewed the goals for the project. What process would you use to develop a plan for assessing the value of CPOE? Who would be involved? What roles would they play? How would you decide on what metrics to use? What baseline data would you want to collect or review? Show less


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