Big data, telehealth, patient portals, consumer driven services, meaningful use, data breaches; these are terms, unknown a decade ago, that are now part of the everyday conversation in healthcare. Because of concepts such as these, health information technology (HIT) now plays an even larger role in the organizations strategic planning. Development of an HIT strategic plan itself is now a necessity. This HIT strategy must align with the organizations strategic plan, which gives it context. A systems approach is the key to the development of an HIT strategy and leads to realization of the organizations mission and strategic initiatives.Read Chapter 6, Strategic Planning and Health Information Technology inEssentials of Strategic Planning in Healthcare. Research current events related to the topics outlined in the reading. Navigate to the discussion and respond to the following:Identify a recent article (within the last three months) focusing on one of the areas discussed in Chapter 6 of the text. The article can come from popular or professional media. Create a 100- to 150-word summary of the key points of the article. Identify any biblical principles that apply in the context of the article. Assess the credibility of the information contained in the article. Reference other articles that confirm or refute the key information in the article you choose. Use proper spelling, grammar, and APA citation in developing the summary.For questions on APA Style, go to theAPA Style Guide. Post the summary, along with the original article or a link to where it can be accessed. Include, at the end of the post, a question for classmates to consider regarding the current issue.
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