Overview: In the final project for this course, you will be tasked with making electronic health record (EHR) recommendations for a fictional organization from
the provided scenario. You will start by reviewing the organization itself so that you can get a good look into what services it provides to better accommodate its
specific needs. Next you will review options for EHRs and make recommendations that you think will work best based on the organization’s needs.
Prompt: In this milestone, you will establish key details about the organization you will be assisting as it looks to adopt a new EHR system. These key details will
directly inform the next steps in selecting and implementing an EHR system effectively. Next, you will begin to look at considerations that should be taken into
account when recommending applications to be used within the EHR.
Healthcare organization Alpha is looking at converting from its outdated combination of paper documentation and
electronic scheduling systems to a more robust EHR that will be able to accommodate all of its service lines. Alpha is a 150-
bed hospital, with five designated intensive care beds. Its emergency department is designated as a level III trauma center.
Alpha has designated care areas for:
The auxiliary service lines consist of:
5 family practice clinics
2 internal medicine clinics
1 cardiology clinic
1 neurology clinic
1 orthopedic and sports medicine clinic
1 eye care clinic
1 women’s health clinic
1 pediatric clinic
In addition, Alpha provides outpatient rehabilitation services and a community wellness program.
Alpha is looking for a solution that will allow it to seamlessly share information between all of its service lines, and yet be
user-friendly enough to not alienate its dedicated staff.
Specifically, the following critical elements must be addressed:
I. Analysis: Organizational Overview: In this section of the project, you will establish some key details about the organization you will be assisting as they
look to adopt a new EHR system. These key details will directly inform the next steps in selecting and implementing an EHR system effectively.
A. Describe the organization and potential aspects that will need to be considered when recommending a database.
B. Describe the scope of services the organization provides based on the information provided.
C. Determine the key stakeholders that would need to be part of the EHR selection process. Provide rationale for each choice.
II. Design: Applications: In this section of the assessment, you will begin to look at considerations that should be taken into account when recommending
applications to be used within the EHR.
A. Discuss which health informatics applications should be present in an EHR, specifically focusing on staff and patient support.
B. Determine the necessary requirements of applications to ensure they adhere to applicable regulations. Explain each requirement.
C. Describe the scope of functionality these applications will be depended on for and justify why these applications are essential to the EHR,
specifically addressing patient care alerts, clinical guidelines, and documentation templates.
D. Establish the secondary data the organization will need to be part of the EHR. Explain why this data is necessary.
E. Describe how these applications will handle health information exchange (HIE).
F. Describe the security features for internal and external threats within the application and explain how these features will be effective in
protecting patient information. Be sure to include discussion around firewalls and encryption in your description.
G. Describe the security features within the application pertaining to disaster and recovery planning and explain how these features will be
effective in protecting patient information.
H. Interpret the processes of the computer-assisted coding that will be used in your coding management application.
I. Explain how computer-assisted coding capabilities will contribute to the effectiveness of the coding processes and the EHR.