Challenges Associated With Maintaining Multiple Interfaces Between Health Care Systems.
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Discuss challenges associated with maintaining multiple interfaces between health care systems. What are some examples of timing and data integrity challenges you may have experienced in your own career or you feel may be encountered when an organization operates multiple systems on different platforms?
Discuss Challenges Associated With Maintaining Multiple Interfaces Between Health Care Systems.
Multiple Interfaces in the health care system are vital to delivering excellent-quality patient service care since they initiate critical data to the point of care. An aligned system with a robust interface among public health, health care, and the community and non–health care sectors could produce better prevention and treatment outcomes for populations. This paper discusses challenges associated with maintaining multiple interfaces between health care systems.
Organizations to reach their goal and keep the vision for the future need the planning process and action their employees will be taking to meet those goals with specific purpose is called strategies planning. Healthcare is a complex organization that is continuously changing, to run it smoothly should have well-defined objectives and layout processes to hieve that, with reviews and changes accordingly. One of the purposes of strategic planning is to improve communication among all the levels in the organization (Whitney, 2018). Factors affect planning for the future goal of an organization includes Internal and external; factors those he budgeting, staff’s experienced level, Level of care provided by organization to the community, organization’s culture and times spent and commitment (Greeter & Harrison,2019).
Challenges Associated With Maintaining Multiple Interfaces Between Health Care Systems.
The Healthcare system is the organization of people, institutions, and resources that deliver health care services to meet target populations’ health needs. It essential to have processes for communication and collaboration between different health professionals for high-quality care. However, health systems are fragmented, and increasing specialization is leading to further fragmentation and disassociation; hence maintaining them in an organization comes with costs and multiple administrative and security issues (Figueroa et al., 2019)
Maintaining multiple interfaces between healthcare systems also brings changes in policies and regulations, compounding drawbacks faced by healthcare managers and leaders to deliver high-quality care. Multiple interfaces in the healthcare system call for organizational alignment, which often leads to health system restructuring, requiring a change in the values, structures, processes, and systems that can constrain how health managers and leaders align their organizations to new agendas. Federal and State decisions are often made focusing on cost savings, resulting in budgetary constraints within which health systems must operate. Often financial resource constraints can lead to inadequate human and technical resource allocation, creating a disconnect between demand and supply. Reducing spending in acute care brings further complexities related to managing multiple stakeholder collaborations (Figueroa et al.,2019)
Healthcare administrators and leaders also face operational inefficiencies in providing primary health and referral services to address highly complex and shifting needs, often resulting in the waste of resources. Organizations are required to be flexible and deliver higher quality care at a lower cost. Moreover, the dominant hierarchical culture in multiple interfaces comes with a lack of collaborative and distributed culture that limits healthcare organizations’ performance. Besides, this culture reduces hospital efficiency. Other challenges are weakened hospital performance, including the lack of allocative efficiency and transparency, poor hospital processes that hamper effective systems for preventing and controlling hospital-acquired infections, payment reforms, value-based funding, and fee-for-service that encourage volume. Similarly, organizations’ managerial work distribution is often not clearly defined, leading to different or extreme work conditions for middle and front-line managers. (Figueroa et al.,2019)
Unregulated and undefined expectations at the organization level lead to adverse effects such as stress, reduced productivity, unpredictable work hours, and long-term impact on organizational efficiency and high-quality care delivery. Furthermore, frequently, front-line clinicians are also required to take the leadership role in the absence of managers without proper training. Despite this, included studies indicate that middle and front-line managers’ involvement in a well throughout decision -making can be limited due to various reasons, including lack of support from the organization itself and misalignment of individual and organizational goals (Sharma & Aggarwal, 2016).
Timing and Data Integrity Challenges in Organization Operating Multiple Systems on Different Platforms
Accessing timely health data and sharing with the team of professionals for providing continuity of care is a primary activity in the healthcare environment. Operating on multiple systems on different platforms makes it unachievable. Gigantic and a more often entry interrogation of the measures adopted in maintaining credibility and authenticity healthcare seekers’ Electronic Health Records (EHRs). (Velthoven et al. 2016) Besides, sharing seamless data is a significant concern, and simultaneously assuring secured transmission and legitimate access of the records is a challenge. Electronic health data are sensitive documents and demand utmost confidentiality and privacy to be maintained by the data’s custodians. Interoperability challenges are categorized into a functional, semantic, network, syntactic, and structural diversification of healthcare information systems and schemas (Sharma & Aggarwal, 2016)
Centre and front-line health managers and leaders are disproportionately affected by challenges at the system and organizational level, contributing to increasing and often conflicting responsibilities. Besides, the challenge of indistinct administrative boundaries, expanding the scope of practice, and lack of systemic support at the policy level in the multiple interfaces between healthcare systems are leaving healthcare managers with undefined roles. Imperfectly defined roles contribute to reduced accountability, transparency, autonomy, and understanding of responsibilities.
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According to my own worldview opinion, spirituality would be a higher functioning and intentional and intelligent energy in the metaphysical that has a connection to the origin of creativity and theoretical function of life in time space for a specified period. “Spirituality offers a worldview that suggests there is more to life than just what people experience on a sensory and physical level” (Scott PhD, 2022, paragraph 2). I feel there is social pressure to align with different worldviews to have a sense of belonging or to be accepted by certain groups. I think everyone could be wrong and right. Perhaps it is plausible that the collective ideas and theories may all have a little bit of truth in each one. What is truth, relatively speaking, when each of us experience reality in a way that is unlike any other person? I think I do not know enough or have not developed enough about personal spirituality to have a fixed idea about it. What I believe right now is subject to change with the influx of new information, however it may come. My conception of spirituality is more fluid, curious and one of open-mindedness. I think this will help me in rendering nonbiased care that is free of judgement. Staying curious is a self-teaching aid to help me digest things that may or may not make sense to me logically on a personal level. What I can understand about patients and their belief is there is a correlation between religious beliefs or spirituality and positive health outcomes. So, it is very important to respect a patient’s preferences and incorporate them into their care. Sometimes the difference between positive and negative health outcomes is a patients belief system when medical professionals have done and are doing everything to provide the highest quality of care available. “The question of whether truth, ethics and morality transcends individual, cultural and historical boundaries never gets satisfactorily answered (KUMAR, 2004, page 2).
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Scott PhD, E. (2022, August 19). Spirituality Can Improve Many Aspects of Your Life and Health. Verywell Mind. https://www.verywellmind.com/how-spirituality-can-benefit-mental-and-physical-health-3144807#:~:text=Spirituality%20offers%20a%20worldview%20that