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Explain the relevance and importance of a needs assessment.

Explain the relevance and importance of a needs assessment.

Technology Needs Assessment
Conduct a health information technology needs assessment. Then, present your findings and recommendations, in a 4 page executive summary, regarding a new or upgraded telehealth technology for your organization or practice setting.

This document is designed to give you questions to consider and additional guidance to help you successfully complete the technology needs assessment assignment. You may find it useful to use this document as a pre-writing exercise, an outlining tool, or as a final check to ensure that you have sufficiently addressed all the grading criteria for this assignment. This document is a resource to help you complete the assignment. Do not turn in this document as your assignment submission.

Composing the Executive Summary
Explain the relevance and importance of a needs assessment.

How will the needs assessment help ensure positive outcomes?

What are possible consequences for the organization of not conducting a needs assessment?

Identify the key issues in nursing care affecting patient outcomes that the new or upgraded technology will address.

What areas of concern will strongly influence leadership’s purchase decision?

For example, some of these issues might address using the new technology to aggregate data that can be used to:

· Monitor trends that affect the use of bundles specific to:

· Ventilator assisted pneumonia (VAP) care.

· Catheter associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) management.

· Surgical site infection (SSI).

· Improve antibiotic stewardship.

· Monitor 30-day readmission rates specific to congestive heart failure.

· Support clinical decision making/evidence-based practice (EBP).

Identify the safety requirements and regulatory considerations when using this technology.

Consider issues, such as meaningful use or compliance with federal and state standards for reimbursement.

Identify the patient confidentiality and privacy protections that the new or upgraded technology must address.

What information security safeguards are features of this technology?

What are the potential security risks associated with this technology?

Describe the potential impact of internal and external stakeholders and end users on the acquisition of the new or upgraded technology

Who are the stakeholders, and what is their role?

How might these stakeholders influence organizational change?

How would you engage stakeholders in sustaining a vision for change?

How will you address the possibility of staff resistance?

Support assertions, arguments, conclusions, and recommendations with relevant and credible evidence.

Integrate relevant and credible evidence from at least five peer-reviewed journals or professional industry publications.

Provide clear and explicit supporting evidence.

· How or why does particular evidence support a claim?

· Will your reader see the connection?

Summarize, paraphrase, and quote your sources appropriately.

Write clearly and concisely in a logically coherent and appropriate form and style.

Write with a specific purpose and audience in mind.

Adhere to scholarly and disciplinary writing standards and APA formatting requirements.

Submission Reminders
Have you explained the relevance and importance of the needs assessment?

Have you the identified the key issues in nursing care affecting patient outcomes that the new or upgraded technology will address?

Have you identified the technology requirements, including regulatory considerations?

Have you described the potential impact of internal and external stakeholders and end users on the acquisition of the new technology or technology upgrade?

Are your claims and conclusions well supported by at least five sources of credible evidence?

Is your executive summary properly formatted and 3–4 pages in length, including the title page and reference page?

Have you proofread your writing to minimize errors that could distract the reader and make it more difficult to focus on the substance of your summary?