Louis Gouge

ITS 360

Chapter 8

What would you do?

2. I would believe whatever the specialists tell me. That is why they are called specialists. When doctors are presented with a unique diagnosis they almost always send their patient to see a specialist. The specialist is the most up to date person that specifically deals with the disease. Almost all doctors will tell you right away about your illness and they swore an oath to give the best care possible. I would also seek out the support group just to because everyone needs a little help.

3. At this time in my life I am struggling everyday just to make it to school and I would definitely try to negotiate a lower price or buy a totally different laptop altogether. There was a time when I was making a decent living and I would have gladly paid the extra $50 but not now. I need all the cash I can get.

 

Cases

Kaiser Permanente implements electronic health record system

1. The greatest benefit subscribers receive is the overall quality of care. That can come from everything being listed in one place and being accessed by providers within seconds. The providers can pull up all kinds of health related information for the patient and they can ensure the patient receives the correct treatment for what is ailing them. The only risks involved is the integrity of the electronic records being hacked, or an electronic device being lost or stolen and patientís identities being lost. I imagine the doctors and nurses can feel a little overwhelmed at first because they may feel like they are doing more work than they need to. Once these professionals realize they are more efficient at what they are doing maybe they will be able to see more patients in the same amount of time which can improve billing and receive more money.

2. I think it was a very wise investment because it can increase productivity by the providers and they will be able to see more patients than they did before. It can help to reduce the amount of lawsuits too because they will be able to ensure the patient receives the proper care for the illness, and the diagnosis can follow the patient more efficiently by the providers being able to pull up records instantly.

3. Yes I think this information should be able to be granted to researchers anywhere. As long as the individualís private information is not shared and there is no way to be able to track down the person it should be fine to share it. Yes, there should be a fee to help offset the costs of upgrading the system. Would it be ethical to charge such a fee I think there should be no fee. That is a what is wrong with the health care system. Money. Money is why the system is in the dump. Every time you turn around there is a charge for this and a charge for that. Researchers should be given the data so they can find cures for certain diseases.

 

Decision support for healthcare diagnosis

1. Doctors have some of the most brilliant minds and some are firmly set in their ways. They may not like being told by a computer what their patient diagnosis is. There is always the human touch when doctors are examining their patients. A computer does not have that and there may be something lost during that time. Once the system is implemented doctors may get more and more familiar with it where it can become second nature for them.

2. Yes. There may be even a kiosk where a person can sit at like the blood pressure test in some stores and all the personís vitals can be taken and the person uses a touch screen to enter symptoms and it will let you know to see a doctor or go to the pharmacy counter to pick up some over the counter medication.

3. Yes it can even if there is a very small fee to use the above sample kiosk the person could pay a very small fee to use the machine to find out if there is a real need to see a physician. So yeah I think it could save money.