Implementation Plan

Develop a 5–7-page implementation plan addressing the various factors critical to the successful deployment of the new or upgraded telehealth technology that was the focus of the previous two assessments.

Technology continues to move at an accelerated pace, and the delivery of health care is shifting from office-based environments to the home. For this reason, health care organizations must be at technology’s cutting edge in order to remain competitive in today’s environment. Integrating the daily activities of patients into the health care continuum will improve the quality of care that is provided and enable more holistic care.

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This assessment provides an opportunity for you to develop an implementation plan that addresses the various factors critical to the successful deployment of the new or upgraded telehealth technology that was the focus of your previous assessments.

By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following course competencies and assessment criteria:

Competency 2: Develop a collaborative technology integration strategy.
Assess the adequacy of existing telehealth technology infrastructure in an organization or practice setting.
Assign tasks and responsibilities for deploying a new or upgraded telehealth technology.
Develop an implementation schedule.
Develop a post-deployment telehealth technology evaluation and maintenance strategy.
Competency 3: Develop a strategy for managing technology use that enhances patient care and organizational effectiveness.
Determine staff training requirements and strategies.
Develop a strategy for collaborating with patients and other health care providers.
Competency 5: Communicate effectively with diverse audiences, in an appropriate form and style, consistent with applicable organizational, professional, and scholarly standards.
Support assertions, arguments, propositions, and conclusions with relevant and credible evidence.
Write clearly and concisely in a logically coherent and appropriate form and style.
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Resources
Templates
Use this template for your implementation plan.

APA Style Paper Template [DOCX].
Required Resources
The following resources are required to complete the assessment.

Vila Health: Preparing to Develop an Implementation Plan.
Vila Health is a virtual environment that simulates a real-world health care system. In the various Vila Health scenarios, you will apply professional strategies, practice skills, and build competencies that you can apply to your coursework and in your career. The information you gather in this scenario will help you to complete the assessment.

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Suggested Resources
The resources provided here are optional. You may use other resources of your choice to prepare for this assessment; however, you will need to ensure that they are appropriate, credible, and valid. The MSN-FP6214 – Health Care Informatics and Technology Library Guide can help direct your research, and the Supplemental Resources and Research Resources, both linked from the left navigation menu in your courseroom, provide additional resources to help support you.

Technology Implementation
Appelboom, G., Camacho, E., Abraham, M. E., Bruce, S. S., Dumont, E. L. P., Zacharia, B. E., . . . Connolly, E. S., Jr. (2014). Smart wearable body sensors for patient self-assessment and monitoring. Archives of Public Health, 72(1), 28.
Summarizes the use and benefits of smart, wearable body sensor technologies.
Cresswell, K. M., Bates, D. W., & Sheikh, A. (2013). Ten key considerations for the successful implementation and adoption of large-scale health information technology. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, 20(e1), e9–e13.
Offers key considerations for implementing health information technologies.
Feldman, S. S., Schooley, B. L., & Bhavsar, G. P. (2014). Health information exchange implementation: Lessons learned and critical success factors from a case study. JMIR Medical Informatics, 2(2), 1–20. Retrieved from http://medinform.jmir.org/2014/2/e19/
This article describes a study examining the implementation of an electronic medical record system within a statewide health information exchange.
Hunt, J. S., Gibson, R. F., Whittington, J., Powell, K., Wozney, B., & Knudson, S. (2015). Guide for developing an information technology investment road map for population health management. Population Health Management, 18(3), 159–171.
This article describes several steps in an organized approach to assessing and implementing a population health technology solution.
Patel, M. S., Asch, D. A., & Volpp, K. G. (2015). Wearable devices as facilitators, not drivers, of health behavior change. JAMA, 313(5), 459–460.
A short article that examines wearable digital device technologies and whether their use can help the wearer make behavioral changes leading to better health.
McMurtrey, M. (2013). A case study of the application of the systems development life cycle (SDLC) in 21st century health care: Something old, something new? Journal of the Southern Association for Information Systems, 1(1), 14–25. Retrieved from http://quod.lib.umich.edu/j/jsais/11880084.0001.103?view=text;rgn=main
A case study examining an effective software product implementation in a regional hospital, using a systems development life cycle approach.
Scholarly Writing and APA Style
Use the following resources to improve your writing skills and find answers to specific questions.

Academic Honesty & APA Style and Formatting.
APA Module.
APA Style Paper Tutorial [DOCX].
Introduction to the Writing Center.
Library Research
Use the following resources to help with any required or self-directed research you do to support your coursework.

Library.
Library Research and Information Literacy Skills.
Nursing Masters (MSN) Research Guide.
Capella Resources
Guiding Questions: Implementation Plan [DOCX].
This document includes questions to consider and additional guidance for successfully completing the assessment.
ePortfolio.
Online ePortfolio Guidelines [PDF].
Additional Resources for Further Exploration
The following Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality implementation guides offer additional insight into implementing health information technologies in various situations.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. (2017). Implementation guide. Retrieved from https://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/quality-patient-safety/hais/tools/ambulatory-surgery/sections/implementation/implementation-guide.html
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. (2017). Implementation guide for the CANDOR process. Retrieved from https://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/quality-patient-safety/patient-safety-resources/resources/candor/impguide.html
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. (2014). TeamSTEPPS implementation guide. Retrieved from https://www.ahrq.gov/teamstepps/instructor/essentials/implguide.html
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Assessment Instructions
Preparation
Based on the positive reactions and feedback from stakeholders with regard to the proposed telehealth technology, executive leaders have decided to move forward with implementation of this telehealth solution and have asked you to develop the implementation plan.

To prepare for the assessment, you are encouraged to reflect on the factors critical to the successful deployment of the new or upgraded telehealth technology and on how such technology would be implemented in your organization or practice setting. In addition, you are encouraged to become familiar with the Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC) process for successfully implementing information systems or a change model for technology use that you think best supports your technology implementation ideas. Refer to the suggested readings, supplemented, as desired, by your own research. You may also wish to:

Review the assessment instructions and scoring guide to ensure that you understand the work you will be asked to complete.
Review the Guiding Questions: Implementation Plan document, which includes questions to consider and additional guidance on how to successfully complete the assessment.
Note: Remember that you can submit all or a portion of your draft needs assessment summary to Smarthinking Tutoring for feedback before you submit the final version for this assessment. If you plan on using this free service, be mindful of the turnaround time of 24–48 hours for receiving feedback.

Requirements
Develop a technology implementation plan that supports the vision for safe, high-quality health care in your organization or practice setting.

Complete the Vila Health: Preparing to Develop an Implementation Plan simulation, linked in the required resources.

The implementation plan requirements, outlined below, correspond to the grading criteria in the Implementation Plan Scoring Guide, so be sure to address each point. Read the performance-level descriptions for each criterion to see how your work will be assessed. The Guiding Questions: Implementation Plan document, linked in the resources, provides additional considerations that may be helpful in completing your assessment. In addition, be sure to note the requirements below for document format and length and for citing supporting evidence.

Assess the adequacy of existing telehealth technology infrastructure in your organization or practice setting.
Assign tasks and responsibilities for deploying the new or upgraded telehealth technology.
Develop an implementation schedule.
Determine staff training requirements and strategies.
Develop a strategy for collaborating with patients and other health care providers.
Develop a post-deployment telehealth technology evaluation and maintenance strategy.
Support assertions, arguments, propositions, and conclusions with relevant and credible evidence.
Write clearly and concisely in a logically coherent and appropriate form and style.
Document Format and Length
Format your implementation plan using APA style.

Use the APA Style Paper Template, linked in the resources. An APA Style Paper Tutorial is also provided to help you in writing and formatting your implementation plan. Be sure to include:
A title page and references page. An abstract is not required.
A running head on all pages.
Appropriate level 1 section headings.
Your implementation plan should be 5–7 pages in length, not including the title page and references page.
Supporting Evidence
Cite at least five credible sources from peer-reviewed journals or professional industry publications to support your implementation plan.

Additional Requirements
Proofread your implementation plan before you submit it to minimize errors that could distract readers and make it more difficult for them to focus on the substance of your plan.

Portfolio Prompt: You may choose to save your implementation plan to your ePortfolio.

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RUNNING HEADING
PEER REVIEW
REFERENCES LESS 5 YEARS OF PUBLICATION

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