For this assignment, you will consider your own facility’s implementation of its electronic health record, if you have one. If not, you should contact a large health system in your area and talk to their IT department, or you may select one of your clinical sites and contact that IT department. Answer the following questions: 1. State the EHR mandate. Who started it? When? 2. What are the goals of the mandate? 3. How does the Affordable Care Act tie in to the mandate? 4. Describe your facility’s plan. If you have already implemented a system, what steps were taken? Make sure you use the HealthIT.gov website—be clear! 5. Describe “meaningful use”. 6. Explain the possible threats to patient confidentiality and the ramifications of HIPAA violations.

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