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1. Healthcare information exchanges (HIEs) are maturing and providing opportunities for healthcare providers and payers to collaborate on patient healthcare records and to streamline care. The proliferation and acceptance of healthcare information exchanges are slow, as they are not widely accepted. Describe the overall advantages of HIEs. Explain the root causes of the issues with these exchanges, and describe what strategies are underway to drive acceptance. (1–2 pages)

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Rubric

0Not Present1Needs Improvement2Meets Expectations3Exceeds Expectations
Sub-Competency 1: Define the central role of health information technology for healthcare providers, organizations, and patients.
Learning Objective 1.1:Explain challenges related to acceptance of healthcare information exchanges.Explanation of challenges related to acceptance of healthcare information exchange is missing.Response vaguely explains challenges related to the acceptance of healthcare information exchanges.Response vaguely explains strategies underway to drive acceptance of healthcare information exchanges.Response clearly explains at least two challenges related to the acceptance of healthcare information exchanges.Response clearly explains at least two strategies or policies that underway to drive acceptance of healthcare information exchanges.Response demonstrates the same level of achievement as “2,” plus the following:Response explains a specific challenge in an authentic or real-life healthcare environment industry or organization related to acceptance of healthcare information exchanges.

2. Surveys show that healthcare provider satisfaction is related to the technology available to them in providing patient care. Identify the health information technology most used in patient care and the advances in technology used to enhance patient care. (2–3 pages)

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0Not Present1Needs Improvement2Meets Expectations3Exceeds Expectations
Sub-Competency 1: Define the central role of health information technology for healthcare providers, organizations, and patients.
Learning Objective 1.2:Identify the health information technology most used in patient care and the advances in technology used to enhance patient care.Identification of the health information technology most used in patient care and the advances in technology used to enhance patient care is missing.Response vaguely identifies the health information technology most used in patient care.Response vaguely identifies one advancement that is needed to enhance patient care.Response accurately identifies the health information technology most used in patient care.Response identifies at least one advancement that is needed to enhance patient care.Response demonstrates the same level of achievement as “2,” plus the following:Response identifies one additional advancement that is needed to enhance patient care.

3. Healthcare providers are taking advantage of real-time tool location systems (RTLSs) to monitor both their organization’s hardware assets and patient progress. Examples of these systems are radio-frequency identification (RFID) tracking for patient flow, asset tracking for equipment location, and ultrasound tag tracking. Explain how hospitals can reduce costs and increase quality of care by using these tracking systems. (1–2 pages)

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0Not Present1Needs Improvement2Meets Expectations3Exceeds Expectations
Sub-Competency 2: Describe the role of health information technology in the cost, quality, and access to healthcare and in the decision making of healthcare organizations.
Learning Objective 2.1:Explain how hospitals can reduce costs by using tracking systems.Explanation of how hospitals can reduce costs and increase quality of care by using tracking systems is missing.Response vaguely explains how hospitals can reduce costs and increase quality of care by using tracking systems.Response is not supported by relevant academic resources.Response includes an explanation of at least two relevant ways that hospitals can reduce costs by using tracking systems.Response is supported by relevant academic resources.Response demonstrates the same level of achievement as “2,” plus the following:Response provides examples from actual health care organization or professionals that are taking advantage of real-time tool location systems (RTLSs).
Learning Objective 2.2: Explain how hospitals can increase quality of care by using tracking systems.Explanation of how hospitals can increase the quality of care by using tracking systems is missing.Response vaguely explains how hospitals can increase the quality of care by using tracking systems.Response includes an explanation of at least one relevant way that hospitals can increase the quality of care by using tracking systems.Response demonstrates the same level of achievement as “2,” plus the following:Response provides examples from actual health care organization or professionals that are taking advantage of real-time tool location systems (RTLSs).

4. A survey found that 70% of doctors use electronic health records in one form or another. Explain how sharing electronic health records among doctors, patients, and payers can enhance the health of patients through effective clinical decision support. (2–3 pages)

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0Not Present1Needs Improvement2Meets Expectations3Exceeds Expectations
Sub-Competency 2: Describe the role of health information technology in the cost, quality, and access to healthcare and in the decision making of healthcare organizations.
Learning Objective 2.2:Explain how sharing electronic health records among doctors, patients, and payers can enhance the health of patients through effective clinical decision support.Explanation of how sharing electronic health records among doctors, patients, and payers can enhance the health of patients through effective clinical decision support is missing.Response vaguely explains how sharing electronic health records can enhance the health of patients through effective clinical decision support, or explains fewer than two ways.Response is not supported by references to academic resources.Response explains at least two relevant ways that sharing electronic health records can enhance the health of patients through effective clinical decision support.Response is supported by references to academic resources.Response demonstrates the same level of achievement as “2,” plus the following:Response provides examples from actual health care organization or professionals that are sharing electronic health records among doctors, patients, and payers.

5. Describe how healthcare provider organizations can leverage health information technology and improve the processes of care delivery to provide better patient quality of care. (2–3 pages)

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0Not Present1Needs Improvement2Meets Expectations3Exceeds Expectations
Sub-Competency 3: Explain the role of health information technology in the processes of care delivery and performance improvement.
Learning Objective 3.1:Describe how healthcare provider organizations can leverage health information technology and improve processes to provide better patient quality of care.Description of how healthcare provider organizations can leverage health information technology and improve processes to provide better patient quality of care is missing.Response vaguely describes relevant examples of how healthcare provider organizations can leverage health information technology and how they can improve processes to provide better patient quality of care, or Response describes fewer than two ways.Response is not supported by references to academic resources.Response describes two relevant examples of how healthcare provider organizations can leverage health information technology and improve processes to provide better patient quality of care.Response is supported by references to academic resources.Response demonstrates the same level of achievement as “2,” plus the following:Response describes at least two tangible benefits patients receive when healthcare provider organizations leverage health information technology and improve processes to provide patient quality of care.

6. Describe how healthcare payer organizations can use healthcare information exchanges (HIEs) to improve processes of care delivery that enhance the quality of service they provide patients. (1–2 pages)

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0Not Present1Needs Improvement2Meets Expectations3Exceeds Expectations
Sub-Competency 3: Explain the role of health information technology in the processes of care delivery and performance improvement.
Learning Objective 3.2:Describe how healthcare payer organizations can use healthcare information exchanges to improve processes to enhance the quality of service they provide patients.Description of how healthcare payer organizations can use healthcare information exchanges to improve processes to enhance the quality of service they provide patients is missing.Response vaguely describes relevant examples of how healthcare payer organizations can use healthcare information exchanges to improve processes to enhance the quality of service they provide patients, or Response describes only one example.Response is not supported by references to academic resources.Response describes two relevant examples of how healthcare payer organizations can use healthcare information exchanges to improve processes to enhance the quality of service they provide patients.Response is supported by references to academic resources.Response demonstrates the same level of achievement as “2,” plus the following:Response identifies at least two commercial healthcare information exchanges and describes how healthcare payer organizations employ them to improve their processes to enhance the quality of services they provide patients.

7. Explain how industry standards for interoperability of electronic healthcare records can enable secure and private access to patient data. (2–3 paragraphs)

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0Not Present1Needs Improvement2Meets Expectations3Exceeds Expectations
Sub-Competency 4: Explain the benefits of industry standard requirements for interoperability between facilities, care teams, and community networks.
Learning Objective 4.1:Explain how industry standards for interoperability of electronic healthcare records can enable secure and private access to patient data.Explanation of how industry standards for interoperability of electronic healthcare records can enable secure and private access to patient data is missing.Response vaguely explains how medical information and applied healthcare interoperability standards can enable secure and private access to patient data.Response is not supported by references to academic resources.Response includes an explanation that thoroughly describes two medical information and applied healthcare interoperability standards that can enable secure and private access to patient data.Response is supported by references to academic resources.Response demonstrates the same level of achievement as “2,” plus the following:Response describes at least three medical information and applied healthcare interoperability standards and how they can enable secure and private access to patient data.

8. Describe how medical information exchange and applied healthcare interoperability standards for healthcare record communications can increase efficiency of inter-departmental communications, between general practitioners and specialists, and between providers and regulatory agencies. (2–3 paragraphs)

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0Not Present1Needs Improvement2Meets Expectations3Exceeds Expectations
Sub-Competency 4: Explain the benefits of industry standard requirements for interoperability between facilities, care teams, and community networks.
Learning Objective 4.2:Describe how industry standards for healthcare record communications can increase efficiency of inter-department communications, between general practitioners and specialists, and between providers and regulatory agencies.Description of how industry standards for healthcare record communications can increase efficiency of inter-department communications, between general practitioners and specialists, and between providers and regulatory agencies is missing.Response vaguely describes how industry standards can increase efficiency of inter-departmental communications, between general practitioners and specialists, and between providers and regulatory agencies, or only one way is addressed.Response is not supported by references to academic resources.Response clearly describes at least two ways that industry standards can increase efficiency of inter-departmental communications, between general practitioners and specialists, and between providers and regulatory agencies.Response is supported by references to academic resources.Response demonstrates the same level of achievement as “2,” plus the following:Response describes at least one additional way that industry standards can increase efficiency of inter-departmental communications, between general practitioners and specialists, and between providers and regulatory agencies.

9. Describe how healthcare organizations can adopt social media to enable patient access to the organizations and their staff and to address patient healthcare issues. (1–2 pages)

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0Not Present1Needs Improvement2Meets Expectations3Exceeds Expectations
Sub-Competency 5: Identify how health information technology influences the patient experience.
Learning Objective 5.1:Describe how healthcare organizations can adopt social media to enable patient access to the organizations and their staff and to address patient healthcare issues.Description of how healthcare organizations can adopt social media to enable patient access to the organizations and their staff and to address patient healthcare issues is missing.Response vaguely describes how healthcare organizations can adopt social media to enable patient access to the organizations and their staff and one way to address patient healthcare issues.Response is not supported by references to academic resources.Response thoroughly describes at least one way healthcare organizations can adopt social media to enable patient access to the organizations and their staff and one way to address patient healthcare issues.Response is supported by references to academic resources.Response demonstrates the same level of achievement as “2,” plus the following:Response describes one real-life example from health care organization or professionals that have adopted social media to enable patient access to the organizations and their staff and to address patient healthcare issues.

10. Describe how physicians can use the Internet and social media to enhance their interactions with medical services that affect their patients. (1–2 pages)

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0Not Present1Needs Improvement2Meets Expectations3Exceeds Expectations
Sub-Competency 5: Identify how health information technology influences the patient experience.
Learning Objective 5.2:Describe how physicians can use the Internet and social media to enhance their interactions with medical services that affect their patients.Description of how physicians can use the Internet and social media to enhance their interactions with medical services that affect their patients is missing.Response vaguely describes how physicians can use the Internet and social media to enhance their interactions with medical services that affect their patients.Response is not supported by references to academic resources.Response thoroughly describes at least one way physicians can use the Internet and social media to enhance their interactions with medical services that affect their patients.Response is supported by references to academic resources.Response demonstrates the same level of achievement as “2,” plus the following:Response includes a detailed description of at least two Internet services that physicians can use to enhance their interactions with medical services that affect their patients.

11. Explain how the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) promotes the adoption of technology to improve the quality of care. (1–2 pages)

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0Not Present1Needs Improvement2Meets Expectations3Exceeds Expectations
Sub-Competency 6: Explain healthcare regulations that influence the adoption and use of health information technology.
Learning Objective 6.1:Explain how the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) promotes the adoption of technology to improve the quality of care.Explanation of how the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) promotes the adoption of technology to improve the quality of care is missing.Response vaguely explains how the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) promotes the adoption of technology to improve the quality of care.Response is not supported by references to academic resources.Response includes an in-depth and comprehensive explanation of how the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) promotes the adoption of technology to improve the quality of care, using specific examples.Response is supported by references to academic resources.Response demonstrates the same level of achievement as “2,” plus the following:Response provides at least one real-life example from health care organization or professionals that were influenced by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) to invest in health IT to enhance the quality of care for patients.

12. Describe how the federal government has sought to influence the adoption and use of electronic health records in the past 10 years. Discuss the effectiveness of these efforts. (2–3 pages)

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0Not Present1Needs Improvement2Meets Expectations3Exceeds Expectations
Sub-Competency 6: Explain healthcare policies and regulations that influence the adoption and use of health information technology.
Learning Objective 6.2:Describe how the federal government has sought to influence the adoption and use of electronic health records in the past 10 years.Description of how the federal government has sought to influence the adoption and use of electronic health records in the past 10 years is missing.Response vaguely describes government programs intended to influence the adoption and use of electronic health records. Discussion of effectiveness of these efforts is insufficient. Response is not supported by references to academic resources.Response provides a thorough description of three aspects of government actions intended to influence the adoption of EHRs in the U.S. and their effectiveness in accomplishing this goal. Response is supported by references to academic resources.Response demonstrates the same level of achievement as “2,” plus the following: Response describes how government actions will continue to influence EHR adoption in the future.

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