DNP 805 Topic 1 DQ 1 Select a specific health care technology-related regulation, law, statute, or ethical standard that applies to informatics
Topic 1 DQ 1
Apr 14-16, 2022
Select a specific health care technology-related regulation, law, statute, or ethical standard that applies to informatics. Provide a summary of your example and a statement describing your reasoning either in support of the example you select, or in opposition to it. Take into consideration the ethics of a Christian worldview in relation to the ethical standard, etc. in your summary.
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The COVID-19 pandemic has reached our health-care system, and there is an urgent need to focus on evidence-based digital health implementation. This progress is significant since there is a frequent need to focus on providing telehealth and telemedicine because patients are not being treated in clinics. This pandemic has presented a once-in-a-lifetime chance to collect quality data that can help achieve the “Learning Healthcare System (LHS)” paradigm, which states that knowledge acquired in health care systems in daily practice is applied systematically to deliver continuous improvement in care. During the current COVID-19 dilemma, the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) took an evidence-based approach to digital health technology implementation.
This allowed all professionals to assess patients while they were at home, eliminating the need for them to travel. On their website, the World Health Organization (WHO) defines eHealth as “the use of information and communication technology for health care purposes.” In this way, health informatics can assist IT in supporting patients’ health practices. Access to their health is critical, and it must be done in an efficient and safe manner. It will have a significant impact on both the patient experience and the telemedicine outcomes. To accelerate the spread of telemedicine, research should focus on improving access, lowering technological barriers, and implementing regulatory reform.
I believe it is related to GCU. Christian perspective and I agree that telemedicine and telehealth may help our health care business, especially now that we are dealing with a pandemic. Some patients are still afraid to visit their primary care physicians and prefer to communicate with them via telemedicine. For ethical decisions, we need have guidelines and privacy to remember at all times.
International Medical Informatics Association IAHSI statement to WHO on the use of informatics in pandemic situationsAccessed December 1, 2020 at:
World Health Organization WHO guideline Recommendations on Digital Interventions for Health System StrengtheningAccessed march 2, 2021 at:
Telehealth has been in existence for a long time, but not in use. I remembered the first time I was offered Telehealth position and all my colleagues discouraged me due to fraudulence activities. During COVID-19 pandemic, it became the only way to communicate with the patients. Patient were thought how to navigate and use the video, many resisted it. But it’s getting easier and better as time goes on.
Thank you for providing an insightful post. The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically impacted how healthcare is delivered in regard to telehealth. Telehealth has made it possible to expand access, reduce unnecessary emergency room visits, and has also reduced disease exposure for staff and patients (Gibson & Hendrickx, 2021). One of the most significant benefits of telehealth is that patients can easily access care and get advice from a provider anywhere and anytime. As mentioned, telehealth has prevented many unnecessary admissions, enabling patients to stay and heal in the comfort of their homes. This was excellent especially during the COVID-19 pandemic because patients were treated in the comfort of their homes and created hospital space for patients with needed medical severe attention (Gibson & Hendrix, 2021). In my professional opinion, the evolution of telemedicine has been an added benefit for everyone. I used telehealth for the first time during the pandemic, which I found very helpful. The provider was able to give recommendations and even prescribe necessary medication. This also saved me a trip to the urgent care or emergency room, which is about 30 miles from me.
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Gibson, N. A., Arends, R., & Hendrickx, L. (2021). Tele-U to tele-ICU: Telehealth nursing education. Critical Care Nurse, 41(5), 34–39. https://doi-org.lopes.idm.oclc.org/10.4037/ccn2021109
I do appreciate Telehealth at this time. From a global perspective, there has been so much happening and I believe this acts as a vehicle to expedite health care especially for persons who are afraid to integrate during this difficult time.
You make some very good points. It’s been fascinating to watch the evolution of healthcare into telehealth. This had been happening gradually, but as you mentioned, the pandemic has accelerated the process. This all happened in order to continue providing care safely. It was critical to do this across all medical disciplines, but especially for the mental health population. These people in treatment went from having support to not having it overnight. This swift and painless transition literally saved lives. This was then demonstrated to be capable of providing access to mental health resources to underserved areas like South America (Ibragimov et al., 2022).
Ibragimov, K., Palma, M., Keane, G., Ousley, J., Crowe, M., Carreno, C., Casas, G., Mills, C., Llosa, A., & MSF Mental Hlth Working Grp. (2022). Shifting to Tele-Mental Health in humanitarian and crisis settings: an evaluation of Medecins Sans Frontieres experience during the COVID-19 pandemic. CONFLICT AND HEALTH, 16(1). https://doi-org.lopes.idm.oclc.org/10.1186/s13031-022-00437-1
The Hospital-Based Inpatient Psychiatric Services also know as HBIPS is a quality measure program that has been in place since 2008. These core measures are a set of data metrics that must be electronically uploaded to The Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on a quarterly basis in order to obtain CMS and/or The Joint Commission accreditation. Without an inpatient psychiatric hospital providing this data they are unable to receive any federal funding or obtain CMS certification. A few of these core measure include diagnostic assessment related to psychosocial elements, substance use and previous hospitalization. Another focus for these measures relates to antipsychotic medication as well as discharge planning and coordination of care.
I am in support of this regulation and requirement in order to obtain CMS and The Joint Commission accreditation. These measure are extremely important and establish quality of care and services for inpatient psychiatric hospitals. This data is then made public and published comparing each hospital and establishing national benchmarks which is very important for the consumer.
National Association for Behavioral Healthcare. Hospital-Based Inpatient Psychiatric Services Core Measure Set. 2019.
Thank you for sharing the information about Core Measurement Standards for inpatient psychiatric services. Subjectively, The Center for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) core measures have a negative connotation for healthcare providers, due to added paperwork or documentation and extra work required to maintain CMS reimbursement. This reimbursement is then replicated by other insurance companies, so it carries clout and is important to the financial well-being of a healthcare institution. However, CMS standards are in place to ensure providers are providing the quality care that patients deserve, especially high-risk patient populations that can be found in behavioral health units as you stated. Through these quality initiatives, outcomes, processes, and systems are driven to higher standards (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, 2022). With this guiding principle in mind, I also support these regulations. Patients seeking healthcare deserve to have high expectations that care is safe and effective. As a healthcare professional, there is accountability when data can be publicly searched. Clients are able to make informed choices.
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I understand this is a lot of information to cover in 5 weeks, however, the Bible says in Philippians 4:13 that we can do all things through Christ that strengthens us. Even in times like this, we are encouraged by God’s word that we have that ability in us to succeed with His strength. I pray that each and every one of you receives strength for this course and life generally as we navigate through this pandemic that is shaking our world today. Relax and enjoy the course!
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