You are a Chief Operating Officer for one of the hospitals for an integrated health system that operates hospitals, clinics, health centers NuWave Health System. You have been appointed to lead a new working group for the system. The group is tasked with improving the governance and management of health information technology
The NuWave Health System has recently adopted new strategic initiatives around transitioning from the acute sick careâ€ model of healthcare to one focused on wellness and integrated care delivery in the new wellnessâ€ healthcare model.
New business objectives underway include the addition of a home health capability, better outreach to the community, better integration with the physician community, and new and more intimate relationship with the patient community. As always, several continuing business objectives exist to proved best quality of care at most effective cost.
A recent HIPAA violation resulted in the inadvertent release of information that caused the system a significant penalty and bad publicity in the community. It involved personnel sharing passwords and accessing unauthorized information.
The system has an EHR and automated systems for their ancillary (radiology, laboratory, pharmacy) departments and is underway for updates across the board to meet requirements for Meaningful Use within the hospitals but have different systems in their ambulatory facilities.