Half of page per response to my peers, with references, use first person, thank you. Discussion attached.
Respond in one or more of the following ways:
1)Ask a probing question, substantiated with additional background information, evidence, or research using an in-text citation in APA format.
2)Share an insight from having read your colleagues’ postings, synthesizing the information to provide new perspectives.
3)Validate an idea with your own experience and additional research.
4)Expand on your colleagues’ postings by providing additional insights or contrasting perspectives based on readings and evidence.
The federal Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) was enacted in 2009 as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) (Gialanella, 2012). The purpose of the ARRA was to stimulate the economy and improve health care (Gialanella, 2012). As a result, health information technology policies and standards, privacy and security, and meaningful use were developed to meet the requirements to protect patient health information and receive financial incentives tied to reimbursement initiatives (Gialanella, 2012).
HITECH Impact on my Organization
My facility recently implemented computerized physician order entry (CPOE) as a result of the new legislation. The for-profit facility is part of the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), the largest provider of health services in America. The implementation of a large computer system, or any business or clinically associated improvement, is enacted throughout all organizations and most hospitals are not given a choice regarding which technology to implement. As a result, all facilities utilize the same computer systems. Although this is considered a wise business strategy, due to cost benefits and improved patient care coordination, most organizations would rather have input regarding decisions that affect clinicians and workflow processes.
The implementation of CPOE had a positive impact on the organization because it helped to meet compliance regulations associated with reimbursement, but it was not met with enthusiasm by clinicians. I am not sure that my facility would have chosen to implement the technology if it were not related to long-term financial incentives and reimbursement. The act essentially forced one of the largest providers of health care to implement the computer system and comply with meaningful use criteria. As a for-profit organization, HCA values the profit margins it generates and although it strives to ensure high-quality care, meeting financial goals across hospital divisions is equally as important to stakeholders. My facility is an excellent example of how the legislation forced facilities to start to comply with the requirements and mandated the necessary infrastructure to support the proper use to obtain meaningful data.
Address how its related incentives influence the adoption of health information technology in health care and impact the quality of patient care
How Incentives Influence Adoption of Health Information Technology
The HITECH provision was created to provide financial incentives for hospitals to implement necessary tools to provide meaningful information and care coordination across providers (Murphy, 2010). Five initiatives meet meaningful use criteria:
1. Improve quality, safety, and efficiency, and reduce health disparities.