Assignment: Policy/Regulation Fact Sheet

 As a professional nurse, you are expected to apply your expertise to patient care. On occasion, you will also be expected to share that expertise.

With evolving technology and continuous changes to regulations designed to keep up these changes, there is usually a need to share information and expertise to inform colleagues, leadership, patients, and other stakeholders.

In this Assignment, you will study a recent nursing informatics-related healthcare policy, and you will share the relevant details via a fact sheet designed to inform and educate.

To Prepare:

  • Review the Resources on healthcare policy and regulatory/legislative topics related to health and nursing informatics.
  • Consider the role of the nurse informaticist in relation to a healthcare organization’s compliance with various policies and regulations, such as the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA).
  • Research and select one health or nursing informatics policy (within the past 5 years) or regulation for further study.

The Assignment: (1 page not including the title and reference page)

Create a 1-page fact sheet that your healthcare organization could hypothetically use to explain the health or nursing informatics policy/regulation you selected. Your fact sheet should address the following:

  • Briefly and generally explain the policy or regulation you selected.
  • Address the impact of the policy or regulation you selected on system implementation.
  • Address the impact of the policy or regulation you selected on clinical care, patient/provider interactions, and workflow.
  • Highlight organizational policies and procedures that are/will be in place at your healthcare organization to address the policy or regulation you selected. Be specific.
  • Use APA format and include a title page, in-text citations, and reference page.
  • Use the Safe Assign Drafts to check your match percentage before submitting your work.


 Assignment: Policy/Regulation Fact Sheet
NURS - 6051N Transforming Nursing and Healthcare through Technology
May 15, 2021

21st Century Cures Act
The 21st Century Cures Act was enacted by the 114th US Congress in 2016 (Gabay, 2017). It aimed to accelerate the discovery, development, and delivery of healthcare by allocating $6.3 billion in funding for relevant institutions. It covers many aspects of healthcare, including but not limited to medical research, medical software, electronic health record information, informed consent, etc (Health IT Legislation, 2018). The idea was to modernize and personalize healthcare by encouraging innovation, research, and information systems (Brindley et al, 2015). It promotes highly secure access, and use of information (21st Century Cures Act, 2021).
The rule includes a provision according to which the patients can have online access to their electronic health records. The information can be either structured or unstructured, but it should be costless for patients. As a result, healthcare providers need to standardize their systems and make relevant changes in system implementation to meet the new regulations. While in the past hospital systems were mostly for internal use, now they should be adapted to meet the needs of external users, such as patients.
Due to increased information sharing, patient/provider interactions become more structured and transparent (McGonigle & Mastrian, 2017). The workflows also become more organized because the patients have an adequate amount of information that is available at any time. Considering that the Cures Act accelerates medical product development, clinical care has a big potential to improve in the upcoming years, while currently, these improvements are not highly visible yet.
The organization has a procedure of preparing electronic health records and providing patients with a specific login and password to access their information. It has the structures and systems in place to adapt the Cures Act. In addition, the organization allocates 8% of its yearly budget on innovation, which also corresponds to the requirements of the Act.

Reference List
Brindley, D. A., Arshad, Z., Luo, D., Dopson, S., Hollander, G., Frost, S., Bountra, C., &
Smith, J. A. (2015). 21(st) Century Cures Act: An Act of Cure or Diagnosis?. Rejuvenation research, 18(4), 295–298.
Gabay M. (2017). 21st Century Cures Act. Hospital pharmacy, 52(4), 264–265. (2018). Health IT legislation. Retrieved from
McGonigle, D., & Mastrian, K. G. (2017). Nursing informatics and the foundation of
knowledge (4th ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.
21st Century Cures Act (2021).

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