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examine scenarios that feature workflow issues related to the HITECH Act and its meaningful use objectives.
Discussion:Determining Workflow Issues
Workflow is a term used to describe the interconnected steps and processes that nurses and other health care professionals complete on a day-to-day basis (McGonigle & Mastrian, 2012, p. 226). Many existing workflows contain inefficiencies and areas that could be improved using new technologies or evidence-based practice. Workflow issues are often referred to as “gaps” because they indicate a disparity between the current state and the optimal, future state. Many gaps in health care exist related to the implementation and optimization of electronic health records (EHRs). The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act was passed in 2009 to assist organizations in identifying these gaps and encouraging the “meaningful use” of EHRs. The meaningful use objectives seek to fulfill the IOM six aims of patient care (patient-centered, timely, effective, efficient, equitable, and safe).