Principles of Data Integrity and Right to Privacy
Guidelines for We Can But Should We?
PURPOSE The purpose of this assignment is to investigate safeguards and apply ethical principles to the use health care technology.
COURSE OUTCOMES This assignment enables the student to meet the following course outcomes:
CO #2: Investigate safeguards and decision-making support tools embedded in patient care technologies and information systems to support a safe practice environment for both patients and healthcare workers. (PO #4)
CO #6: Discuss the principles of data integrity, professional ethics, and legal requirements related to datasecurity, regulatory requirements, confidentiality, and client’s right to privacy. (PO #6) POINTS This assignment is worth a total of 225 points. DUE DATE Your completed We Can But Should We? paper is due at the end of Week 4. Submit it to the basket in the Dropbox by Sunday at 11:59 p.m. MT.
Post your questions to the weekly Q&A Forum. Contact your instructor if you need additional assistance. See the Course Policies regarding late assignments. Failure to submit your paper to the Dropbox on time may result in a deduction of points.
BACKGROUND
Healthcare is readily embracing any technology to improve patient outcomes, streamline operations and lower costs. This technology includes the use of mobile applications like Smartphones.Smart scanning and the use of Quick Response (QR)codes are all the rage. You may have noticed these intricately patterned squares appearing in more and more places but did not know their purpose.
QR codes provide an opportunity to embed a variety of information, much like traditional bar codes used in grocery stores. But, unlike these codes, QR codes contain URLs (Uniform Resource Locators or web addresses) within them that instantly connect anyone who scans the code.All one needs is a smartphone, tablet scanner environment, special applications/software, and a reader to hyperlink to a site and obtain information.
Readers are free and easy to download from an app store or the Web. Some smartphones come with this capability. In health care today, QR codes are used in a variety of ways, e.g., a woman can schedule a mammogram by reading a QR code that provides a link to a web site. QR codes can direct patients to online libraries for information and educational videos. Other convenient functions include accessing some components ofelectronichealth records (EHRs).
SCENARIO
Emergency workers in Marin County, California are using the technology involving QR codes to save lives in emergency situations.A company, Lifesquare,has partnered with two emergency response agencies in the county to conduct a year-long pilot program.Lifesquare wants residents to input personal information about their medications into its website and then place corresponding QR code stickers where emergency workers can find and scan them in the case of an emergency.These stickers are available from a local pharmacy.
Elsewhere, another company, ID Amber, has a SecurityCode printed on a tag which can be scanned readily.And yet another company, ScanMedQR.com, manufactures silicon bracelets, cards for wallets and necklaces that have QR codes on them that provide quick access to health records. Let’s assume that your neighbors (many elderly) have heard of the pilot study but they have some concerns with, and are somewhat skeptical about, this “new-fangled technology.”
They have asked you for more information about the technology including the advantages and disadvantages of participating in such a pilot project or obtaining the tags used by other companies.
You conduct a review of this technology by reading sources on the Internet and in the current literature. You discover there are several health care organizations using this technology in various ways.You have read their marketing information for additional insight. Basically, your neighbors are looking to you for knowledge so they can answer the question:We Can But Should We?
DIRECTIONS
1. You are to research, compose and type a scholarly paper based on the scenario described above.Reflect on what you have learned in this class to date about technology, privacy concerns and ethical issues. Do not limit your review of the literature to nursing only.Other health professionals are using the technology and you may need to apply critical thinking skills to its applications in this scenario.
2. Use Microsoft Word and APA formatting. Consult your copy of the Publication manual of the APA, 6th edition, as well as the resources in Doc Sharing if you have questions, e.g., margin size, font type and size (point), use of third person, and so forth. Take advantage of the writing service Smarthinking, which is accessed by clicking on the link called the Tutor Source, found under the Course Home tab.
3. The length of the paper should be 3-4 pages, excluding the title page and the reference page. Limit the references to a few key sources.
4. The paper will contain an Introduction that catches the attention of the reader with interesting facts and supporting sources of evidence, which should be included as in-text citations. The Body should present the advantages and disadvantages regarding the use of QR codes. The Conclusion and Recommendations should summarize your findings and state your position regarding whether your neighbors should participate in a pilot project. Make your case based on the evidence you have collected.
5. NOTE: Review the section on Academic Honesty found in the Chamberlain Course Policies. All work must be original (in your own words). 6. Submit the completed paper to the We Can But Should We? Dropbox by Sunday, 11:59 p.m. MT by the end of Week 4. Please post questions about this assignment to the weekly Q&A Forums so that the entire class may view the answers. ?
GRADING CRITERIA
Category Points % Description Introduction 50 22%
 
The Introduction provides evidence of an information search including in-text citations of the sources of evidence. It catches the reader’s attention with interesting facts and supporting sources. Body 100 45% Appropriate Headers are used to delineate when the introduction ends.More than three advantages and three disadvantages are identified, discussed briefly and supported by citations.
Conclusion and Recommendations
50 22% Appropriate Headers are used making clear the conclusion and recommendations are based on solid evidence, personal privacy rights, and ethical principles. Writing in the third person, state your position regarding whether your neighbors should participate in the study.
Scholarly Writing and APA Format 25 11%
• Title page, running head, and page numbers. (3 pts) • Introduction, body, and conclusion/recommendations sections are clearly labeled. There is a logical flow between the sections. (10 pts) • Grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure are correct. (2 pts)
• Citations throughout demonstrate support of student’s ideas and opinions. (5 pts) • Reference page includes all citations. (3 pts) • Evidence of spell and grammar check. (2 pts) Total 225 100% A quality assignment will meet or exceed all of the above requirements.
GRADING RUBRIC
Assignment Criteria Meets Criteria
Partially Meets Criteria
Does Not Meet Criteria Introduction 50 points Evidence of information search. Catches the reader’s attention with interesting facts and supporting sources that includes
citations to more than one scholarly source. 46-50 points
Evidence of information search provided by at least one citation of a scholarly source. “Hook” to get the reader interested may be missing. 38-45 points
Little or no evidence of information search. No citation provided and/or there is no attention getting “hook.” 0-37 points
Body 100 points
More than 3 advantages and 3 disadvantages are identified and supported by citations. 92-100 points At least 3 advantages and 3 disadvantages are identified and supported by citations. 76-91 points
Few advantages and disadvantages are identified and/or are not supported by analysis. 0-75 points Conclusion and Recommendation 50 points Conclusion is presented with recommendation based on solid evidence, personal privacy rights, and ethical principles. 46-50 points
Conclusion contains evidence for recommendation, but may lack persuasive use of privacy rights and/or ethical principles. 38-45 points
Conclusion is presented but lacks supporting evidence and does not address privacy rights and/or ethical principles. 0-37 points Scholarly Writing & APA Format 25 points
• Title page, running head, and page numbers. (3 pts)
• Minimum of three sections including the Introduction, Body and Conclusions and Recommendations. Each section has at least three sentences.(10 pts) • Grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure are correct. (2 pts) •
Citations throughout demonstrate support of student’s ideas and opinions. (5 pts)
• Reference page includes all citations and no errors in format are noted(3 pts)
• Evidence of spell and grammar check. (2 pts) 23-25 points
• Minimal error in APA title page noted.
• Minimal errors in grammar, punctuation and/or sentence structure noted. • Citations are present but not in correct format.
• References are present, with minimal errors in format. • Minimal red or green wavy lines within document. 19-22 points • Multiple errors in APA formatting
• Multiple grammar and punctuation errors noted.
• Citations are missing. • References are missing or incomplete. • No evidence of proof-reading prior to submitting paper. 0-18 points Total Points Possible = 225 points

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