Informatics, Technology and Trends for Transforming Health Care – NURS 718

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course explores various applications of informatics as well as current trends for health care delivery across a variety of settings. Students will analyze and evaluate information systems and patient care technology, as well as the impact on the delivery of care in all practice settings. Advanced clinical applications of technology will be emphasized with various populations including those in clinical settings, aggregate populations at risk and the community as a whole. Students will explore utilization of technology applicable to advanced practice such as: guiding evidenced-based practice, providing patient education, promoting health and wellness, improving clinical workflow, and administrative applications. The advanced role related to information systems will be examined, including working with interdisciplinary groups to select and maintain nursing information systems and serving as a credible resource for legal and ethical situations related to information technology.

Prerequisites

NURS 715 and (NURS 700 or Grad Rsrch Methods (NURS 500) with a score of 3)

Rationale

This course is a required part of the DNP curriculum. Accreditation standards require the student to be versed in current healthcare technology. This course helps prepare the student for the advanced practice role, which includes decision-making with regard to healthcare technologies.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Describe various reimbursement models to deliver quality patient care utilizing resources effectively. (DNP Essentials IV, V; NONPF Technology 1 & 4, Health Delivery System 1, 5, & 6; PLO 2)
  2. Apply informatics to direct patient care, community/population health, and patient education. (DNP Essentials IV, VII; NONPF Technology 1-5; Health Delivery Systems 4-7; PLO 3 & 4)
  3. Analyze delivery formats utilizing informatics applications such as the electronic health record, tele-health, and medical coding systems. (DNP Essentials IV; NONPF Technology 1-5, Health Delivery Systems 4-6; PLO 4)
  4. Select pertinent information systems and technology to support clinical decision making and improve patient outcomes. (DNP Essentials II, IV; NONPF Technology 1-5, Health Delivery System 1-7, Leadership 1-5; PLO 1-6)
  5. Apply principles of quality improvement and patient safety measures to various populations. (DNP Essentials II, VII; NONPF Quality 1-5; PLO 2)
  6. Analyze ethical/legal issues related to changing reimbursement models and technology in healthcare from a Christian worldview. (DNP Essentials V; NONPF Technology 2, 4, Policy 1-3, Ethics 1-3; PLO 7)

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (2)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be comprehensive, demonstrate course-related knowledge, and be written at the graduate level. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads.

Case Studies (2)

The student will be required to analyze 2 Case Studies. The Case Study questions must be thoroughly addressed and in current APA format. The student must utilize the textbooks and other sources as needed to fully address questions.

Informatics Technology Project

The student will complete a formal paper addressing implementation of a technology project suitable to his/her workplace/practice. The project is divided into 4 parts:

Part 1 – Introduction

In Part 1 of this assignment, the student will choose an informatics technology related to his/her practice relevant for a DNP student grounded in evidence based practice. Part 1 of the informatics technology project will introduce the technology and identify how the technology will improve practice, patient care delivery and outcomes. The student will submit a 5-7 page paper in current APA format, excluding the title and reference pages and include a minimum of 5 scholarly resources published within the last 5 years.

Part 2 – Workflow design

In Part 2 of this assignment, the student will create a detailed plan for the evidence based practice informatics technology being developed for his/her organization. Part 2 of the informatics technology project will include a workflow analysis and a visual representation of the workflow framework/mapping. The student will submit a 5-7 page paper in current APA format, excluding the title and reference pages and include a minimum of 5 scholarly resources published within the last 5 years.

Part 3 – Implementation/Evaluation

In Part 3 of this assignment, the student will utilize information from the first 2 sections and lay out a comprehensive implementation plan. This plan should include EBP support along with changes of policy, procedure and/or protocol based on the informatics technology project. Laws governing protection, security, and reimbursement must be addressed. Part 3 must be 5-7 pages in current APA format, excluding the title and reference pages and include a minimum of 5 scholarly resources published within the last 5 years.

Part 4 – Presentation

The student will create a presentation describing the informatics technology project grounded in evidence based practice. This presentation will need to be delivered via a method that incorporates both audio and visual components. Examples include but are not limited to Power Point with voice over, a Kaltura video, You tube video, Jing, etc. The presentation must be 10 slides (not including the title and reference slides), and must not exceed 15 minutes. A minimum of 5 scholarly resources published within the last 5 years in current APA format are required. This assignment is required to be uploaded to your portfolio in Typhon as part of professional works and projects.