HCS/483 Health Care Information System
Ms. A. Smith
June 14, 2012
“Information Technology (IT) has the potential to improve the quality, safety and the efficiency of healthcare.” (Medpac.gov 2004) A spike of IT users can be contributed to the promise of quality and the economically gain. “The reliance of information technology has increased progressively for organizations as a strategically important advantage.”(Rahardjo, E. 2006) IT equipment that are planned and managed properly, can help an organization run more efficiently and make the decision-making process a less of a challenge. This paper will explain a process for selecting and acquiring an information system. It will also explain how an organization’s goals influence the selection of the type of information system. Finally, the paper will identify the roles each of the organization’s stakeholder’s play in the selecting and acquiring process of obtaining an information system.
Before, any of the following steps can take place the expectations and the requirements of IT equipment should be clearly discussed and defined with an appointed committee and organizational leaders. First, the objective should be defined. The next step for selecting and acquiring an information system begins with the acquisition process. An organization must decide whether it would prefer to buy new or refurbished equipment. Also, how will it fund the purchase, whether or not it will pay in full, rent, or lease the equipment, this includes screening the market place. The next step to consider is the structural size of the system. This includes the flow of information, who will have access to the data , how will the system function, and the possibilities of technical difficulties.
All equipment may be subjected to fail or having technical difficulties. However, an organization should have a plan in existence, if such occurrence should happen. There...