HCA 450 – Term Paper Guidelines and Rubric
This Term Paper applies the Harman, L.B., & Cornelius, F.H. (2017). Ethical Health
Informatics: Challenges and Opportunities (3rd ed.) textbook to lead students through a process
of health leadership competency, affective domain of learning, self-reflection, personal
assessment, and professional development planning.
The Term Paper is designed to facilitate the student to comprehend, apply, analyze, evaluate, and
create a better understanding of the research topic, as well as how to apply emerging health care
information technologies to articulate professional interests, strengths, and areas for further
learning and development in preparation for managing and leading health care organizations in
The Term Paper is structured into seventh sections, with comprehensive guidelines provided in
each section. APA formatting is required. Please follow this formatting style sections and make
sure your paper is clear and well-structured following this writing style format. Your book is an
excellent resource, please read all the chapters required in your course and be familiar with their
contents. All other resources should be currently published within the last five years.
Section 1: Module 5 The electronic medical records (EHRs)
Provide at least three (3) motives why some health care organizations have been indisposed to implement electronic medical records (EHRs). Suggest one strategy
which helps to reassure the implementation of a new health information system.
Section 2: Module 2 The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
Discuss the role of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and its impacts on patients’ medical records.
Section 3: Chapter 17 The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical
Health (HITECH) Act
Determine the main functions of The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act for health care professionals. Next, suggest one (1)
strategy that the medical staff members could use in order to increase the quality of
Section 4: Module 7 The digital health technologies
Discuss the key risks of digital health technologies for consumers, patients, and caregivers.
Next, propose one (1) strategy to diminish the risks in question. Provide a rationale to support your response.
Section 5: Chapter 20 The laws and penalties
List the laws and penalties concerning fraud and abuse in health care. Select one act and describe its impact on patient decision.
Section 6: Module 1 The ethical principles of the (HIM) professionals
What are the four ethical principles the HIM professionals would use in developing and competing values?
Section 7: Saint Leo core values of integrity and excellence into section 6.
The Term Paper is structured into seventh sections, with comprehensive guidelines provided in each section. APA formatting is required. An introduction and a conclusion
are necessary in your term paper.
Use briefly these headers (questions or sections) and discuss each question precisely and concisely.
Do not exceed the length criteria which requires 6-8 pages only, not including the cover page and references page.
Use at least eight high-quality resources from AHIMA, CMS, HIMSS, AHRSQ, and medical journals only within the last past five years.
Do not use resources that are not high-quality as an encyclopedia or a dictionary information. All your resources should be cited correctly and precisely in the text and
You need to reduce to plagiarism to 10-15% only. All papers that have a high percentage are not
graded and are directed to academic affairs for violating the honesty rules of plagiarism.
Final Term Paper Rating Rubric
Exceptional corresponds to an A (90-100). Performance is outstanding; significantly above the
Proficient corresponds to a grade of B- to B+ (80-89%). Skills are at the level of expectation.
Basic corresponds to a C to C+ (70-79%). Skills are acceptable but improvements are needed to
meet expectations well.
Novice corresponds to a D to C- (60-69%). Performance is weak; the skills are not sufficiently
demonstrated at this time.
0 This criterion is missing or not in evidence.
Elements Criteria Ratings
0 Novice Basic Proficient Exceptional
Introduction and thorough
description of the impact
of health information
in a healthcare facility
0-8 9 10-11 12-13 14-15
exploration of theories;
learned course topics and
0-26 27-31 32-35 36-40 41-45
of topic; integration of the
Saint Leo core values of
integrity and excellence
0-11 12-13 14-15 16-17 18-20
Logical development of
ideas, clear sequence,
plagiarism 10-15%, and
following the APA format
0-11 12-13 14-15 16-17 18-20
Total points 100
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