HIM 220: Healthcare Data Systems Course Paper Guidelines
The final project for this course is the creation of a Healthcare Informatics Research Paper. The final product represents an authentic demonstration competency, as students will choose related topics to those present in today’s healthcare industry. The project is divided into three milestones, which will be submitted at various points throughout the course to scaffold learning and ensure quality final submissions. These milestones will be submitted in Modules Two, Three, and Seven.
The topic for the course paper needs to center around healthcare informatics or a subset of it, such as compliance issues, the use of databases in healthcare informatics, the job market for healthcare informatics professionals, and so on. The subject matter of your paper must be approved by the instructor. Some suggested topics include:
Choose a healthcare database environment; develop a scenario of its utilization of electronic medical records and data exchange.
Data mining in health informatics
Investigate and report on up and coming technologies that will continue to transform the healthcare industry
The subject approved by the instructor is The Standards of Health Informatics. In the paper we should be able to find the different standards of health informatics and we should also find the advantages and disadvantages of following those standards
Scholarly Paper Guidelines
The purpose of this section is to highlight the steps to take in writing a scholarly paper for your courses at the College of Online and Continuing Education at SNHU.
In the Nursing and Healthcare programs, all papers will follow APA format and style. For detailed information about APA, visit the APA site at http://www.apastyle.org. Information can also be located at the Purdue OWL website, supported by Purdue University, at http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/. Note that there are other links found in the Course Information tab for specific topics about APA.
APA Page Setup:
Pages should be set with 1-inch margins.
Font should be 12-point Times New Roman.
Lines should be doubled-spaced throughout the document, without extra spaces at the top or bottom of the page or between paragraphs or sections.
A complete document includes a title page, an abstract (if the instructor requires it), the body of the paper, a reference list, and appendices (if indicated). The paper should be 10 to 12 pages in length, not including cover page.
Basic Structure of Scholarly Writing:
Body (development of the points)
Study Approach to the Assignment:
Understand what the assignment is having you do. What is the topic, question, and focus of the assignment?
Begin your research and choose your sources; take notes about the main points in the article.
Decide on your thesis statement and prepare a writing plan. The writing plan is an outline of the paper.
Start with major themes from the literature.
Consider the point you want to make related to each theme, related to your thesis statement. Remember that you will want to include other perspectives and either support or refute the perspective when applicable.
Insert details of point development under each theme. Include a notation of the reference sources so that you can include that in the paper.
Check your paper and correct any grammatical and spelling errors prior to submitting the body of your paper to TurnItIn.
Submit the body of your paper to TurnItIn at least 24 hours before the due date (you should consider submitting 72 hours before—in case TurnItIn is delayed—so that you have time to make any final revisions before submitting the paper for a grade before the deadline). Review the report when it comes back and save it to your computer. When you review the report, look at the source matching and ensure that you have paraphrased and cited the information correctly in the paper.
Submit your paper as a Word document in the appropriate section.
More Details about Parts of the Paper:
The abstract should summarize the content of the report, not be an introduction (the “tone” of the abstract should be similar to news broadcast). Include the following: a) what the paper is about, b) types of resources used to investigate your report and how they were obtained, and c) significant implications. Limit the abstract to 150 words or less.
The body of the paper begins with the introduction (page 3 of the paper if there is an abstract). Repeat the title of the paper on the first line of the page, but do not add the title “introduction.” In APA term papers, the first paragraph of the paper is understood to be the introduction.
The introduction should:
Relate the purpose of the paper (e.g., to present the issue and suggest how to resolve it?).
Define key concepts.
Indicate the significance.
State your thesis statement. The thesis statement should reflect that you have chosen a position that is stated in one sentence and that answers the assignment question. However, remember to use APA style to make your thesis statement. This means you will not use the first-person perspective (“I” statements). Also note: Often, there is no “right” or “wrong” answer to the question. The point is to take a position and then present arguments—or rationales—that support your position.
Next, there should be a development of points (arguments) that were mentioned in the introduction. The body looks at, analyzes, and evaluates the evidence (from the literature) and makes connections that present your points, step by step (a logical development of rationale), to support your thesis statement. A major part of the grade for writing assignments relates to the writing skills of presenting your argument.
There should be a clear indication of the significance of the problem to nursing practice or other discipline, supported by the literature (note that the introduction merely introduces it; the development expounds on the introduction).
Then, present the arguments about how to manage this issue or topic. Remember to present the main points of each author, analyzing and evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of each position. Consider any relationships between what the authors have said. Is there any overlap? Are there any gaps? Do the authors make valid points?
Consider what applies from the article(s) that support your persuasive argument. Use all of the literature to back up your statements; synthesizing the information from your articles (no more than 20% of the paper should be quoted material). Also, avoid using bulleted lists.
The last paragraph of the body of the paper will be the conclusion. The conclusion should assess the issue by summarizing the points made in the paper (and not introduce any “new” points) by stating any further recommendations about the topic and by ending with a repeat of your thesis statement to emphasize your position on the assignment question.
The paper will end with a reference list of each reference cited in the paper. You must follow any specific instructions made by your instructor. When you conduct your literature search, you will find many articles and must decide which articles to use. Consider the following:
Use articles that were published within the past five years.
Look for peer-reviewed articles in notable journals (For nursing: Avoid nurse-opinion articles posted on the internet from nursing websites, such as The Center for Nursing Advocacy, Nursezone.com, and others. Also, avoid hospital organization sites.) Look at the major nursing journals (do a Shapiro Library lit search instead of an internet search). You may consider using a position statement from a nursing organization as one of the resources.
Do not use Wikipedia as a reference.
Grading Rubric for Written Papers HIM 220
This rubric is adopted from the Association of American Colleges and Universities LEAP Initiative
Goal: Critical thinking is a habit of mind characterized by the comprehensive exploration of issues, ideas, artifacts, and events before accepting or formulating an opinion or conclusion. Written Assignments are used to help the student develop the knowledge and skills to articulate their thoughts in a clear, concise, evidence-based format consistent with the standards of professional practice.
Benchmark indicates the minimal level performance expected. Emerging is below expectations. Evaluators will assign a zero to any work that does not meet Emerging level performance.
Critical Elements Proficient
Explanation of Issues
Development of a clear focused thesis statement Issue/problem to be considered critically is stated clearly and described comprehensively, delivering all relevant information necessary for full understanding. Issue/problem to be considered critically is stated, described, and clarified so that understanding is not seriously impeded by omissions. Issue/problem to be considered critically is stated but description leaves some terms undefined, ambiguities unexplored, boundaries undetermined, and/or backgrounds unknown. Issue/problem to be considered critically is stated without clarification or description.