Assignment: Clinical Informatics

Assignment: Clinical Informatics

Assignment: Clinical Informatics

Assignment: Clinical Informatics


You have just been hired as a clinical informatics leader for a new health system. The health system has 23 acute care facilities and 36 outpatient clinics. It serves as a regional referral center for three states within a region of your choice. (Example, Northwest, Southwest, Northcentral, Southcentral, Northeast, Southeast). Your installed base includes a vendor-supplied EHR from a national vendor. Work on the data warehouse is being rethought. Your site has more than 300 varying applications across sites, including everything from a stand-alone pharmacy application for drug interactions to a cancer registry. Your goal is to provide IT support for the organizational vision of being the premier health organization in patient safety for the region. Your goal is also to provide predictive analytics for patient care for your ICUs. One of the first things you want to do is to plan for the future of IT. Explore the following questions and other questions you deem central to the future development of Healthcare Informatics as you expand on your plan:

1. Given the future directions, select the two directions you want to emphasize. Provide rationale for your choices, and how you can use methodologies from futures research to plan for your preferred future with the future directions you selected.

2. Using futures research methods, identify how you think nanotechnology might impact both health IT and health informatics.

3. You want to increase collaborative work with a local university. What future directions for education do you think are most important as CIO?

Add any vital data relevant to the region of choice and current references from the Health IT and Informatics literature and the industry that is foundational to your plan.

You must proofread your paper. But do not strictly rely on your computer’s spell-checker and grammar-checker; failure to do so indicates a lack of effort on your part and you can expect your grade to suffer accordingly. Papers with numerous misspelled words and grammatical mistakes will be penalized. Read over your paper – in silence and then aloud – before handing it in and make corrections as necessary. Often it is advantageous to have a friend proofread your paper for obvious errors. Handwritten corrections are preferable to uncorrected mistakes.

Use a standard 10 to 12 point (10 to 12 characters per inch) typeface. Smaller or compressed type and papers with small margins or single-spacing are hard to read. It is better to let your essay run over the recommended number of pages than to try to compress it into fewer pages.

Likewise, large type, large margins, large indentations, triple-spacing, increased leading (space between lines), increased kerning (space between letters), and any other such attempts at “padding” to increase the length of a paper are unacceptable, wasteful of trees, and will not fool your professor.

  • The paper must be neatly formatted, double-spaced with a one-inch margin on the top, bottom, and sides of each page. When submitting hard copy, be sure to use white paper and print out using dark ink. If it is hard to read your essay, it will also be hard to follow your argument.