Needs Assessment and EHR Vendor Selection Paper


731.5.1 : Institutional Planning Recommendations for Health Information Management

The graduate analyzes electronic health record (EHR) applications to support organizational leadership in the planning and implementation of a health information system.

731.5.4 : Health Information Applications

The graduate evaluates various types of healthcare delivery systems to support the diverse requirements of each setting, including acute care, ambulatory care, health information exchanges, and the personal health record for healthcare consumers.


Health information management professionals are leaders in their healthcare organizations and serve as resources for uniting the staff in the implementation of organizational initiatives. Whether they work for a healthcare facility or for a company that develops and implements electronic health record (EHR) systems, they are sought out for their expertise in the field.

Employees across healthcare organizations need health information management professionals when working on large-scale projects such as the adoption of a new EHR system or in supporting other activities that require the management of health data and information.


Your submission must be your original work. No more than a combined total of 30% of the submission and no more than a 10% match to any one individual source can be directly quoted or closely paraphrased from sources, even if cited correctly. An originality report is provided when you submit your task that can be used as a guide.

You must use the rubric to direct the creation of your submission because it provides detailed criteria that will be used to evaluate your work. Each requirement below may be evaluated by more than one rubric aspect. The rubric aspect titles may contain hyperlinks to relevant portions of the course.

A. List four electronic health record (EHR) functions needed by clinical end-users in the acute care setting.

1. Describe how each EHR function listed in part A may be used.

2. Discuss one strategy that might be used when introducing new technology to enable it to integrate with old technology in the acute care setting.

B. List three EHR functions needed by clinical end-users in the outpatient setting.

1. Explain how each EHR function listed in part B is used.

C. Compare two models being used today in health information exchanges.

1. Describe benefits to developing health information exchanges.

2. Describe current challenges preventing more widespread implementation of health information exchanges.

D. Explain three factors an organization should consider when providing a personal health record to patients.

1. Discuss three qualities of a personal health record that should be determined before its adoption.

E. Acknowledge sources, using APA-formatted in-text citations and references, for content that is quoted, paraphrased, or summarized.

F. Demonstrate professional communication in the content and presentation of your submission.

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