Develop an 8–12 slide PowerPoint presentation accompanied by an audio recording of the presentation
that is a maximum 15 minutes. The presentation will focus on an explanation of Meaningful Use Guidelines
and how the current HIM system could be optimized to ensure compliance and improved outcomes.
This assessment should be completed first.
Meaningful Use Guidelines play a very important role in guiding and directing the path of health information
management (HIM) systems in many health care organizations. Along with Meaningful Use Guidelines,
other regulations and quality measures drive how health care organizations choose, implement, and utilize
their health information systems. In this assessment, the primary focus will be on meaningful use
compliance, quality assurance, and the regulatory environment related to HIM. Electronic health records
(EHR) are playing an important role in improving quality, accessing important patient data, and improving
communication amongst providers. They are a very important part of any HIM. However, new incentive
programs such as Meaningful Use Guidelines require that health care organizations pay much closer
attention to how patient data is gathered, shared, and collected. In this assessment, you will have the
opportunity to work through an interactive scenario at a fictitious hospital and assess an EHR system. Youwill be tasked with explaining Meaningful Use Guidelines as they relate to the system, making
recommendations based on best practices for maintaining meaningful use, and other regulatory
The importance of understanding meaningful use in EHR and HIM systems is to understand the
standardization of the exchange of information, to improve the overall quality of health care delivered, and
to reduce costs. As a master’s prepared healthcare professional you will be called upon to help
organizations to reduce costs and time to bring safe and effective practices to professionals and patients. It
is also incumbent upon the master’s prepared healthcare professional to bring relatable information to
patients to assist them in making informed decisions about their healthcare. By completing a review and
recommendation cycle of an existing EHR you will gain valuable practice in applying this knowledge and
Questions to Consider
As you prepare to complete this assessment, you may want to think about other related issues to deepen
your understanding or broaden your viewpoint. You are encouraged to consider the questions below and
discuss them with a fellow learner, a work associate, an interested friend, or a member of your professional
community. Note that these questions are for your own development and exploration and do not need to be
completed or submitted as a part of your assessment.
Click the following link to work through the media piece.
Vila Health: Analysis of an EHR System | Transcript.
A headset with headphones and a built-in microphone, or some other hardware with audio capability.
If you do not already have audio capability with your computer system, a headset is recommended as an
inexpensive option. Headsets are available for purchase at the Capella University Bookstore. Please set up
and test your headset to verify the compatibility of the hardware as soon as possible. Refer to the
manufacturer’s directions for installing and connecting the device to your computer.
Note: In this assessment, you will be required to create an audio recording to accompany the PowerPoint
presentation. You may use Kaltura or, with instructor approval, you may use an alternative technology to
record and deliver your presentation.
In preparation for recording your presentation, complete the following:
If you have not already done so, set up and test your headset or built-in microphone, using the installation
instructions provided by the manufacturer.
Practice recording to ensure the audio quality is sufficient.
Refer to the Using Kaltura [PDF] tutorial for directions on recording and uploading your presentation in the
Note: If you require the use of assistive technology or alternative communication methods to participate inthis activity, please contact Disability Services to request accommodations.
This assessment should be completed first.
In this scenario, you will assume the role of Quality Assurance Manager at Vila Health’s Independence
Medical Center. You have been asked to review the current electronic health record (EHR) system after
some concerns were raised about the system not being fully compliant with new regulations and
Meaningful Use Guidelines. After your review, you will present your findings and recommendations to the
Review the Vila Health: Analysis of an EHR System media simulation and the information provided in the
Resources section to learn more about the Vila Health organization.
Before reviewing the EHR system, you will want to familiarize yourself with Meaningful Use Guidelines.
Take a moment to review these sources and conduct an additional research as needed on the Centers for
Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) incentive program from EHR: Meaningful Use provided in the
Next, review the Vila Health EHR system. While analyzing the EHR, you will want to think about not only
the flow of data, how it moves through the system, and compliance with Meaningful Use Guidelines, but
also about the patient experience and implications on quality of care. Consider privacy and security of
patient records as well.
To prepare for this assessment, use the Capella University Library and the resources provided in this
assessment to research the following topics:
Digitization of the nation’s medical records and the privacy challenges.
EHR incentive program requirements.
Best Practices for compliance with Meaningful Use Guidelines.
EHR and HIM best practices for quality, privacy, and regulatory compliance.
Types of information technologies that are used to improve the quality of patient care.
To complete this assessment, you will prepare an 8–12 slide PowerPoint presentation of best practices and
emerging models in HIM and EHRs. Your presentation will be assessed using the following criteria:
Explain Meaningful Use Guidelines and what they mean to an organization’s current state of compliance.
Explain an organization’s current electronic health record system and its data process to meet regulatory
Analyze how an electronic health record system could improve the quality of care, simplify existing
processes, and improve patient outcomes.
Explain best practices for an organization to maintain meaningful use compliance as it relates to current
incentive programs and policies.
Recommend evidence-based approaches for implementing new practices for the end user functions,
training, and ongoing compliance.
Communicate analysis and recommendations of an electronic health records system in a manner that is
clear and concise.
Integrate relevant sources to support assertions, correctly formatting citations and references using current
APA style.Below is one potential outline for the presentation that could help you to address the assessments grading
Present what Meaningful Use Guidelines are and what they mean to the organization.
Present Independence Medical Center’s current state of compliance.
State the current EHR being used in this organization.
Present your findings on the evaluation of the EHR.
Explain how the EHR could improve the quality of care, simplify existing processes, and improve patient
Discuss how the data are currently captured, tracked, analyzed, and shared and whether each area meets
regulatory policy and incentive guidelines.
Upgrades and Improvements:
Present your findings from your research on maintaining Meaningful Use Guidelines.
Present best practices for long-term compliance to current incentive programs and policy.
Make additional recommendations on the EHR system including end user functions, training, and ongoing
compliance to the department heads.
Provide evidence-based recommendations for implementing new practices and emerging models in the
Use Kaltura, or other instructor-approved alternative technology, to record an audio to accompany your
presentation. Before you begin recording, you may find it beneficial to write a script or detailed outline that
you can refer to as you record. Your recorded audio should be no more than 15 minutes in length.
Include the notes or script of your audio recording. You may choose to include these in the “Notes” sections
of the presentation slides, the script you may have used when you created your recording, or a detailed
outline. This will serve to clarify any insufficient or unclear audio, or if you cannot complete the audio
Note: If you did not include your notes or script in the presentation, please include them in a separate
document along with the other presentation elements.
Your presentation should meet the following requirements:
Written communication: Written communication is free from errors that detract from the overall message.
APA formatting: Resources and citations are formatted according to current APA style and formatting
Number of resources: At least one APA formatted in-text citation and accompanying, congruent APA
Length of presentation: 8–12 slides.
Duration of audio recording: Maximum of 15 minutes.
Font and font size: Arial, 18 point or above for headings and explanatory text and 24 point and above for
Note: If you require the use of assistive technology or alternative communication methods to participate in
this activity, please contact Disability Services to request accommodations.