Analyze potential concerns or issues that could arise during an evaluation, and consider strategies for addressing those concerns.
Evaluations and Ethics

A range of ethical issues must be considered in an HIT system implementation. Ethical issues can be related to the appropriate use of decision support systems, privacy and confidentiality, consent for the use of clinical information, and accountability errors. By being aware of potential ethical issues, nurse informaticists may generate evaluation plans that circumvent or address ethical concerns before these concerns hinder a system implementation.

In this Discussion, you analyze potential concerns or issues that could arise during an evaluation, and consider strategies for addressing those concerns.

To prepare:

Select one of the following areas, and consider potential ethical issues a nurse informaticist may encounter:
appropriate uses and users of decision support systems
privacy and confidentiality
consent for secondary use of clinical and genetic information in databases
accountability or responsibility for errors
Using this week’s Learning Resources and at least one additional resource from the Walden Library, identify key concerns within the area you selected.
Consider strategies for using evaluations to address these ethical concerns.
By Wednesday 1/25/2016, post a minimum of 550 words essay in APA format with at least 3 references from the list below that include the level one headings as followed below:

1) A summary of the key ethical concerns within the area you selected.

2) Suggest strategies for using evaluations to address ethical issues

Required Readings

Friedman, C. P., & Wyatt, J. C. (2010). Evaluation methods in biomedical informatics (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Springer Science+Business Media, Inc.

Chapter 12, “Proposing and Communicating the Results of Evaluation Studies: Ethical, Legal, and Regulatory Issues” (pp. 338–361)
This chapter covers both how to write a proposal to conduct an evaluation and how to present the findings. It highlights the importance of conforming to legal, regulatory, and ethical standards in the evaluation and write-up.

Berner, E. S. (2008). Ethical and legal issues in the use of health information technology to improve patient safety. HEC Forum, 20(3), 243–258.

Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

In this article, the author outlines key ethical and legal issues that need to be considered when using health information technology. These include issues with the establishment of a standard of care, increased availability of patient information, accuracy of information, the effectiveness of user training, and the fulfillment of informed consent obligations.


 

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