Foundations and Concepts of Healthcare Informatics

National Infrastructures

Within the past decade, the US government has been focusing on the best approaches to transform the country’s healthcare sector. One of the strategies entails the use of modern technologies. This objective has led to the establishment of efficient Electronic Health Record (EHR) and Health Information Exchange (HIE) systems. Interoperability is a powerful characteristic of such technologies that can improve the manner in which different parties exchange health information (Hammond, 2018).

Unfortunately, such an attribute is missing, thereby making it impossible for the country to record positive results. Several national infrastructures will be required for interoperability between all hospitals in the United States. The first one will be that of communication. This sector has been expanded to include modern technologies, wireless systems, and the World Wide Web (WWW). This national infrastructure will ensure that all hospitals and clinical facilities across the country are connected to each other.

The second one will be that of healthcare and public health. The operations associated with this national infrastructure can be expanded in such a way that they resonate with the needs of more people. Stakeholders, community facilities, hospitals, and nursing agencies will be connected. This kind of support will deliver the targeted interoperability characteristic and ensure that more people have access to high-quality and sustainable health services.

Theory, Theorist, Industry Leader, and Organization

The theory I associate my practice with is the attribution model. This framework guides policymakers and stakeholders to examine or analyze the failures and successes of a given program. In the field of healthcare, this theory encourages me to introduce and implement appropriate technological systems that can meet my patients’ health demands. I believe that Kurt Lewin is one of the theorists whose concepts and ideas empower me to achieve my professional objectives.

This is the case since Lewin proposes evidence-based ideas for pursuing organizational change and personal development aims. The organization that guides me as a practitioner is the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). This association identifies and educates its members about the most appropriate strategies that can result in superior care delivery models (Hooper, 2016). The favorite industry leader is the UnitedHealth Group (in Minneapolis).

This organization utilizes emerging technologies and clinical guidelines to maximize the health outcomes of its patients. I always focus on the issues, ideas, and concepts associated with different stakeholders and theories to improve my philosophy of nursing. This practice has empowered me to achieve my professional and personal objectives while at the same time providing high-quality care to more patients.

Lecture 6 Questions

Accelerating Health Care Standards

The poor quality of healthcare services in the United States explains why there is a need for policymakers and stakeholders to streamline health care standards. Several strategies are needed to accelerate the creation of such principles. The first one is encouraging all stakeholders to be involved and present evidence-based ideas that can result in uniform standards. The second way is to focus on past issues in healthcare and existing strategies that have been implemented to mitigate them. Such insights can result in superior standards for promoting healthcare practice.

The introduction and implementation of streamlined electronic health (EH) systems will encourage more stakeholders to create appropriate principles. The involvement of policymakers, insurance firms, technological experts, healthcare organizations, professional bodies or agencies, and politicians will support the development of better health care standards (Ulrich & Kear, 2014). Modern systems and innovations should become evidence-based guidelines for creating new health care standards. This is the case since the strategy will encourage more technologists and programmers to be involved throughout the process.

The final strategy is to analyze what other countries across the world have done to introduce appropriate health care standards. Such principles will empower payers, insurers, physicians, and clinicians to monitor emerging patients’ needs and maximize their health outcomes.

Government’s Role

The American government has numerous roles to play in the creation of superior standards in health care. The first one is that of providing adequate resources and tools. McMahon, Vankipuram, Hekler, and Fleury (2014) indicate that most of past research findings inform the principles applied in the field of medicine. Such studies are usually associated with different health organizations and associations. The provision of adequate support will ensure that these stakeholders present appropriate standards. The second role is that of policy formulation and implementation. The government usually dictates the nature of laws and guidelines determining the nature of healthcare practices in the United States.

Leaders formulate new bills depending on the needs of the targeted citizens. The government should, therefore, consider specific laws and amendments that will result in superior or effective standards. The third responsibility revolves around the issue of health education. When the government promotes the best learning system, more scholars and researchers will engage in continuous learning and eventually present evidence-based insights for transforming nursing or medical standards. Throughout the process of creating new standards, the government should identify and address the demands of all stakeholders.

References

Hammond, W. E. (2018). How do you know when you have interoperability? European Journal of Biomedical Informatics, 14(3), 13-20.

Hooper, V. D. (2016). The Institute of Medicine report on the future of nursing: Where are we 5 years later? Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing, 31(5), 367-369. Web.

McMahon, S., Vankipuram, M., Hekler, E. B., & Fleury, J. (2014). Design and evaluation of theory-informed technology to augment a wellness motivation intervention. Translational Behavioral Medicine, 4(1), 95-107. Web.

Ulrich, B., & Kear, T. (2014). Patient safety and patient safety culture: Foundations of excellent health care delivery. Nephrology Nursing Journal, 41(5), 447-456.