E-Health, Negotiations And Change

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e-Health, Negotiations and Change

Introduction

The advent of the internet has had a major impact on the healthcare industry in the last four decades. While the sophistication of PDAs, wireless systems and browser based technology is at the forefront of all healthcare entities considering implementation and/or expansion of their technology, there are no limits as to how far these will go. With all major financial decisions comes benchmarking for best practices, conflicts and negotiations.

Internet Health, Conflict and Negotiation

The twenty-first century continues to see a rise in the number of mergers in most industries including healthcare. Similarly, in our communities many smaller hospitals are joining forces and creating the mega-giant healthcare systems we've come to rely on for expert, quality care. These mergers have involved major conflicts and negotiations including the consolidation of electronic data. The magnitude of the patient information that is now shared by these mega-giants can be beyond the consumer's expectations for privacy and confidentiality. Although the HIPAA regulations govern the healthcare industry in protecting the privacy and confidentiality of the patient, such guarantees on websites relies on the ethical principles of those providers of information.

Healthcare facilities rely on e-mail for communication and the internet for everything else. Whether it is a browser-based technology system or a stand alone product, searches, benchmarking and access to vendors and competitors can be easily be found on the internet. Many companies and products take advantage of regulations such as HIPAA to develop products that can be marketed to the healthcare industry against their competitors....

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...ing Resource Centre (VLRC) revealed that while 85 per cent of those surveyed believe e-learning has a place, 82 per cent say they still find it hard to implement (Weekes, 2004). This is usually true even when organizations lack the full comprehension of how to make it successful.

References

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Leape, L., Berwick, M. (May, 2005) Five years after to err is human, what have we learned? Journal of the American Medical Association, Vol. 294, No. 19, pp. 2384-2390.

Weekes, S. (July, 2004). Training Magazine, The second coming. Retrieved July 30, 2005 from EBSCOhost, Business Source Premier database.
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