In this assessment, you will assume the role of a mid-level manager. You have been asked to analyze the health information technology (IT) needs for the Independence Medical Center (IMC), a rural referral hospital located in Waterloo, IA.
Complete the Vila Health: Health Information Technology Needs Analysis interactive simulation, linked in the Resources. Gather information about the IT needs of various departments within the hospital that will support a needs assessment.
Identify the IT needs of the various hospital departments, using the IT Needs Matrix, linked in the Resources. Then, analyze the information you have collected and summarize your findings.
Note: Remember that you can submit all—or a portion of—your draft needs matrix and analysis to Smarthinking for feedback, before you submit the final version for this assessment. If you plan on using this free service, be mindful of the turnaround time of 24–48 hours for receiving feedback.
It is not necessary to cite the Vila Health media simulation as the source of your information. However, if you reference other source materials, be sure to cite them correctly, using APA style.
Note: The requirements outlined below correspond to the grading criteria in the scoring guide. Be sure that your needs matrix addresses each point, at a minimum. You may also want to read the Health Information Technology Needs Analysis Scoring Guide to better understand how each criterion will be assessed.
The following resources are required to complete the assessment.