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Section A. Reference Abstracts

Keeping current with the latest developments in healthcare quality improvement is a constant challenge. In order to maintain a level of competency in this area, it is important to review articles and other references on relevant topics.

For this section of the assignment, select four (4) references and prepare an abstract for each reference. The references selected must relate to the healthcare aspects of the topic you have selected during class. At least two of the references must be articles. The other two can be articles, websites or a PowerPoint from a presentation/webinar. Chapters from books are not acceptable for the abstracts.

Note: At least two (2) of the references must be “healthcare facility/organization-related” which includes how a healthcare institution/organization has utilized/implemented this topic area.

The selected references must be at least 2-3 pages in length in order to be able for you to obtain enough information to prepare the abstract. The references must have been published between January, 2011 and present. You can obtain the references from an online/internet search or through hard copy sources or a combination of both.

The abstracts you prepare must be typed, single-spaced and be at least 250 words in length with a maximum length of 500 words. The reference citation is not to be included in the total word count.   It is not necessary to attach a copy of the references.

Note: The citation information for the reference must precede the abstract and follow the APA (American Psychological Association) citation style as per the sample format of a magazine article.
Sample Format for Reference Abstract

Petro, J. (2012, March).   Watson, I presume? Health Management Technology, 33, 8-11.

In this article, Mr. Petro discusses how technologies used by IBM’s computer, Watson, are being translated to the healthcare arena.   The technology can be used in patient diagnosis and treatment as well as.....

Section B. PowerPoint Presentation

Prepare a PowerPoint presentation based on the selected topic. You can use additional information beyond the four references you abstracted, but you must list all references utilized at the end of the PowerPoint presentation. The length of the presentation must support your oral presentation.

In the PowerPoint presentation, you will need to address the following:
a. Title Page
b. Overview/Background/History
c. Details of the topic
d. Discussion of at least one healthcare facility/organization-related use of topic (actual implementation/case study)
e. References page

Section C. Oral Presentation

Based on your PowerPoint presentation, prepare a 12-15 minute oral presentation to be delivered during class session.

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1. Basel Kayyali, David Knott, and Steve Van Kuiken (April 2013) The big-data revolution in US health care: Accelerating value and innovation (McKinsey and Company).

The article written by the three authors representing the McKinsey consulting and management company is devoted to what the authors call “the big data revolution” in the healthcare industry. They refer to an increase in the healthcare-related data volume and scope. Some of the sources of this influx of data are pharmaceutical companies that now add research and testing data to medical databases, digitized patient records, and a recent opening of its healthcare records by the federal government. Another important factor behind the current focus on the big data is the shift in payment principles in the healthcare industry. Payments to providers are increasingly being made based on the treatment outcome. Thus, improved access to more extensive deposits of data is instrumental in cutting costs. Besides, clinical decisions are increasingly based upon evidence which involves extensive review of data.

The main question the authors pose is whether the healthcare industry is prepared to capture and utilize the enormous potential of the “big data.” According to the article, the industry should walk away from an excessive focus on cost reduction and take a “more holistic, patient-centered approach” to benefit fully from the coming of the “big data.” Large amounts of data have a potential to allow taking into account many aspects of patient well-being which will eventually result in savings for businesses and better value for the patient. This new approach includes such concepts as right living, right care, right provider, right value and right innovation.

With implementation of this holistic approach, the industry-wide savings, according to the article, may reach 12-17% of all US care costs. However, there are certain risks to be kept in mind. First, the “big data” revolution is not exclusively a matter of businesses. Physicians and patients should be involved at every stage of the process....

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