HSA 520 Week 7 DQ 1,
“Data Stewardship” Please respond to the following: Determine a significant force that would have the most impact on the decision to implement HMIS. Justify your response.
The rising abuse of computers and increasing threat to personal privacy through data banks has stimulated much interest in the technical safeguards for data. Therefore in my opinion, a significant force that would have the most impact on the decision to implement HMIS is Data Security. Data security is probably the most important aspect of HMIS design, implementation, and evaluation (Tan & Payton, pp. 223). With the “meaningful use” provisions of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH), the U.S. government is actively encouraging healthcare organizations to switch from paper health records to electronic health records (EHRs), with incentive payments to providers that meet certain thresholds for use of EHR technology. The government’s rationale is that EHRs give patients greater access and control over their own information and allow hospitals to operate more efficiently. In line with this vision, healthcare organizations have entered new partnerships with technology firms to help them format, migrate, and store their information electronically. These vendors may in turn outsource operations to other companies, increasing the number of hands through which patient information gets passed.