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 future.


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

medical services.

Section 4: Module 7 The digital health technologies

 Discuss the key risks of digital health technologies for consumers, patients, and


 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


 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

references page.


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

usual expectations.

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


and summary


Introduction and thorough

description of the impact

of health information

technology management

in a healthcare facility

0-8 9 10-11 12-13 14-15



Research, understanding

and knowledge,

exploration of theories;

approaches, applying

learned course topics and


0-26 27-31 32-35 36-40 41-45


n and/or



Thoughtful summarization

of topic; integration of the

Saint Leo core values of

integrity and excellence

0-11 12-13 14-15 16-17 18-20

Structure and



Logical development of

ideas, clear sequence,

focus, well-organized

paragraphs, correct

spelling, grammar,

punctuation, low

plagiarism 10-15%, and

accurate citations

following the APA format

0-11 12-13 14-15 16-17 18-20

Total points 100

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