The case is about Langley Mason Health (LMH), which is in NorthRenoCounty. LMH serves as an 850-square-mile area that encompasses seven different communities. A registered nurse and dietician founded the facility in 1937. Currently, the health system has LangleyMedicalCenter, which is a 317-bed medical and trauma center. It also has MasonHospital, which is a 107-bed community hospital. There are also the Mason Continuing Care Center and Villa Langley, which are two-part skilled nursing facilities. Lastly, there are a home care division, a surgery center, and a behavioral medicine center (Wager, Lee, & Glaser, 2009).
LMH developed an information technology strategic plan in 2007. The plan aims at empowering health care consumers and physicians to change data into information so as to enable expansion of the services of the clinic as well as to expand electronic business opportunism. The strategic plan also aims at enabling realization of the benefits associated with innovation, exploiting the value of information technology, improving project results, and enabling preparation for the unexpected, among others. However, the health district has insufficient funds for routine maintenance, equipment, and technology for its facilities (Wager, Lee, & Glaser, 2009).
Description of the Current Situation and Major Issues
LMH has come up with a facilities’ master plan in anticipation of an increase in the population of North Reno County. This is also to achieve the seismic requirements of the state. The plan includes establishing a modern-day 453-bed hospital to replace the LangleyMedicalCenter campus. It also aims at building satellite clinics in four communities (Wager, Lee, & Glaser, 2009).
LMH has already finished the implementation of the first phase of its strategic plan. This was the development of a $20 million enterprise wide electronic medical record system. The second phase was the implementation of “computerized provider order entry (CPOE) with...