Healthcare Organization SWOT Analysis
November 21, 2014
CSU Global Campus
Dr. David Milen
I currently work for a local home care company, Angels Care Home Health. Currently, I am working on a project in which we are creating a new department that is responsible for the development and implementation of the electronic health record (EHR). Due to the size of the organization and the number of clients, the development of the EHR is a daunting and time consuming task. For these reasons, the EHR project runs like a strategic business unit (SBU). As an SBU, the project runs almost completely separate from the company drawing on three goals as its driving force: 1. Create a unified and cohesive system that incorporates EHRs into all aspects of the organization. 2. Create a system of EHRs that are secure and compliant with regulations such as HIPAA and other relevant laws. 3. Improve organizational efficiency and customer service through the use of EHRs.
The EHR is basically an electronic version of the paper history of a patient. The EHR is an easily transferrable form of the patient chart and history (Borycki, Kushniruk, Keay, Nicoll, Anderson, & Anderson, 2009). The government views EHRs as an effective means for reducing healthcare cost and EHRs are considered mandatory for health care compliance (Ficery, 2011). HITECH Act (part of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009), which dictates that US hospitals must implement and demonstrate what is called “meaningful use” of electronic medical records (EMR)…roughly half of US hospitals are at risk of incurring penalties when enforcement begins in 2015 (Ficery, 2011).
While the use of EHRs does promise lower cost and better access, the problem that many institutions are having is that in order to become compliant, health care organizations must overhaul their IT infrastructures (Ficery, 2011). Currently, 50% of US hospitals are at risk of incurring penalties...
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