Case Study for Healthcare Management

First, please review the video on HIS benefits at the link below:Next, please read the case study (attached document “case study”) Once you’ve read this you need to give your answers to each of the 8 questions. Please be sure to list each question in the case before providing your response. Each response to each question should be at least one paragraph with at least five strong sentences (150 word minimum).You will need to provide at least 2 peer-reviewed articles total for the entire assignment (articles should be no older than 5 years) to support your answers to the questions using APA formatting to cite the sources. The assignment should include a cover page and be double-spaced with 12 point font Assignments will be graded for spelling, grammar, and formatting along with review of the quality of your responses.
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The “Easy” Software Upgrade at Delmar Ortho
Delmar Orthopedics is a 42-physician orthopedic group; its physicians command the local market in
terms of the orthopedic specialty—operating in several of the nearby hospitals physicians, the structure
around their practice, and the employees who support them are extremely efficient and predictable.
Recently, their margins have declined due to reductions in reimbursement, but they have been doing a
good job of squeezing very penny out of each clinical day. And, they finally smoothed things out after
the somewhat rocky implementation of their electronic medical records (EMR) system the prior year.
Everything seemed to be under control.
Patrick McCain joined Delmar Orthopedics a month ago as the practice manager. Prior to
joining the practice, he’d been managing a bank for two years after working his way up through the
teller ranks in his college years. A had worker, Patrick felt relatively comfortable in his ability to manage
people and a budget. He was excited about his new job with the challenge of managing a large team—
more than 40 people—and having responsibility for all practice administrative functions excluding
finance legal, and information technology (IT).
Years ago, the practice instituted a bimonthly meeting of the leadership (management team
members and a number of the key physicians) to discuss volumes and patient care issues and announce
upcoming activities/events. Yesterday’s meeting was Patrick’s second since joining. During the
meeting, it appeared that a number of the physicians were not paying attention. One played a game on
his smart phone during the entire meeting, and another one kept leaving the meeting to take phone
calls. Two of the team members had a running sidebar conversation about their weekend plans, and a
third one actually fell asleep. Although the meeting was relatively noneventful—and, in fact, this
seemed to be the team’s usual meeting behavior—there was one item that concerned him.
Terry, the practice’s IT director, announced to the group that it was time for the annual upgrade
of the system. The schedule wasn’t yet finalized, but he recommended completion within the next 90
days. This would be their first upgrade to the system and would require five hours of downtime for the
vendor to complete. Plus, it had to occur on a weekday when physicians would be seeing patients.
Terry did say that this would be their first time the system had been down since it was installed the prior
year; however, he did not provide any additional details or offer contact information for follow-up.
Patrick knew this upgrade would be an important chance to prove himself, but he was the “new
kid” on the block. He worried that there might be alliances of which he was unaware and “sacred cows”
that no one wanted to disturb. He lived through many systems upgrades in the banking world and was
painfully aware that these supposedly “easy” upgrades never were. He wanted to alert the practice to
the problems that could occur and how to avoid them. As he sat at his desk thinking about all the
issues, Terry strolled by, grinning at him and said, “Don’t worry, I’ve got it all under control.” At those
words, Patrick’s heart sank.
A he learned more about the project, it was clear that all of the staff and physicians needed to
be retrained. And there had been no accommodations made for testing the changes. He increasingly
felt as thought Terry had not appropriately informed the leadership team about the scope and risk of
the upgrade. Terry appeared to be held in high regard by the practice.
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
1. How can Patrick address these risks without embarrassing Terry?
2. Why do you think that a number of the team members don’t pay attention to this important
event? As a future manager, what do you think should have occurred in this meeting?
3. How would you handle the discussion that needs to take place with Terry? What measures
might you take to plan for the worst?
4. What research should Patrick do on the prior years project that might assist hi in assessing the
risk in the upgrade?
5. How might Patrick ensure that he understands the impact of the project before putting too
much time and effort into it himself?
6. What are some of the questions Patrick should pose to understand how this uprgade would
affect his staff? The physicians? Delmar’s patients?
7. Are the physicians “Team players”? Explain your response.
8. Reread this case. Using Figure below, the Confidential Teammate Evaluation Form compare the
behavior of these physicians and managers with the expected behaviors of teammates. Score
each one as if he or she were your teammate. What scores did they earn?
(Use a scale of 1 to 10, where 1 is poor and 10 is excellent)
Name
Name
Name
Attend all sessions
Prepare for each session
Work collaboratively to identify and meet session goals?
Actively participate in group discussions?
Keep an open mind or modify opinions or conclusions to keep
the project moving?
Present ideas concisely?
Submit assigned work on time?
Interact with teammates in a respectful, considerate, and
tactful manner?
Fulfill responsibilities as agreed?
Work actively to achieve group consensus on
issues/problems?
You must evaluate ALL teammates and explain any sores
below 3 and above 8
compare the behavior of these physicians and managers with the expected behaviors of
teammates. Score each one as if he or she were your teammate. What scores did they earn?

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