For this assignment, you will read the Case Study brief below and write a 3-page paper including a brief abstract page that is APA style formatted, on these questions. Questions: 1. What do you see as the most likely barriers to the success of telemedicine in the areas of radiology, behavioral health, and intensive care? Which of these areas do you think would be the easiest to transition into telemedicine? Which would be the hardest? Why. 2. If you were charged by Grand to bring telemedicine to the facility within eighteen months, what are the first steps you would take? Whom would you involve in the planning process and why? 3. How would you go about conducting a needs assessment for the organization? Which parameters or system requirements would be most important to include in the needs assessment and why? Please use the Paper Template that is provided to you. Also provided are additional resources for your convenience. Your paper must contain at least 3 references, the book for the course being one of them, the link to the book is below it is password and username protected. Book Link: Username: Password: Case Study Brief Background Information: Grand Hospital is located in a somewhat rural area of the midwest. It is a 209-bed, community, not-for-profit entity offering a broad range of inpatient and outpatient services, employing approximately 1,600 individuals (1,250 full-time equivalent personnel) and having a medical staff of more than 225 practitioners. Grand has an annual operating budget that exceeds $130 million, possesses net assets of more than $150 million, and is one of only a small number of organizations in this market with an A credit rating from Moody’s, Standard & Poor’s and Fitch Ratings. Operating in a remarkably competitive market (there are roughly 100 hospitals within seventy-five minutes’ driving time of Grand), the organization is one of the few in the region – proprietary or not-for-profit – that have consistently realized positive operating margins. Grand attends on an annual basis to the healthcare needs of more than 11,000 inpatients and 160,000 outpatients, addressing more than 36 percent of its primary service area’s consumption of hospital services. In expansion mode and currently in the midst of $57 million in construction and renovation projects, the hospital is struggling to recruit physicians, both to meet the healthcare needs of the expanding population of the service area and to succeed retiring physicians. Grand has been an early adopter of healthcare information systems and currently employs a robust, proprietary healthcare information system that provides the following (among other components): • Patient registration and revenue management • Electronic health records with computerized physician order entry • Imaging via a PACS • Laboratory management • Pharmacy management Information Systems Challenge:

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