Complete a two to three page (excluding title and reference pages) report on the progress you have made to date on your Senior Project.  You must use a minimum of three scholarly sources. Your report, and any citations used, must be in APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center. Your progress report should cover the following:

  1. Topic: Identify the topic that you have selected for your Senior Project and provide a brief explanation for why you have chosen to address this topic *This may be copied from the Week Two assignment if evaluated as Distinguished Performance. Otherwise, make adjustments per Week Two feedback.
  2. Organization Specific Rationale: Provide a brief overview of the health care organization that you have selected for your Senior Project including a summary of the challenges and/or opportunities impacting the balance between health care costs, quality, and access to services that the organization is currently facing. The challenges and/or opportunities should directly relate to your rationale for why you have chosen your topic (i.e., training program) to help the organizational leaders manage this challenge/opportunity. Challenges and/or opportunities should be grounded in the research (e.g., web-based resources, electronic articles, or personal interviews). The more informed you are, the better prepared you will be to complete your Senior Project.
  3. Training: Identify the audience for your training program and provide a brief outline of the topics it will address. Include a minimum of three to five learning outcomes that are targeted for your identified audience. Specifically, what do you want your audience to know and/or be able to do after they have completed training? How does this training program align with the overall challenges and/or opportunities that the organization is facing? Overall, how will the training program benefit the organization?

Running Head: HEALTHCARE 1

Running Head: HEALTHCARE 3

Healthcare Ethics

Brandy Vaughn

Instructor: Eric Oestmann

20 November 2016


Health care is a field that has raised numerous ethical concerns related to health care delivery, professional integrity, handling of patient data, use of human subjects in research, and the application of new treatment techniques like gene manipulation. Health care ethics is a set of moral values, principles, and beliefs that guide healthcare practitioners when making medical decisions and taking care of patients. The decisions made must be well researched and considerate before treatment as well as taking into consideration the beliefs and values of patients. (Doukas, McCullough, & Wear, 2012). The main point of focus of health care ethics is the sense of right and wrong and personal beliefs about rights possessed and the duties that each person owes another person. Therefore, health care ethical issue affect how medicine is practiced and how patients are treated.

The Scope of Health Care Ethics

Health care ethical responsibility in any given situation partly depends on the nature of the decision to be made and the roles that each involved party. In U.S, health care professionals are required to follow four main principles when dealing with patients: autonomy involves honoring a patient’s right to make their own decision; beneficence involves helping a patient enhance their own health; non-maleficence is to do no harm; and justice is to be fair and treat all similar cases alike without bias or discrimination. All of the four principles are equal and important. When healthcare practitioners interact with patients, they need to protect their medical information which is considered confidential or private. Confidentiality of medical records is one of the most important ethical issues that might arise in the healthcare field. Interfering with patient’s medical records can impact patient’s trust in their doctor. Healthcare providers must always seek the permission of their patients before releasing it to anyone.

The second issue is referral decision. This becomes an ethical issue when referrals are made for personal benefits. Some physicians have turned the referral of patients into a business opportunity forgetting that the welfare of a patient is the most important. The third ethical issue is dealing with elderly patients. Patients with advanced age have problems with making decisions on their own hence family members have


14 November 2016


Healthcare ethics is an important issue especially considering the fact that decisions made could affect mortality.

Ethics in healthcare involves making well- researched and considerate decisions about treatment, while taking into account the beliefs and wishes of the patient regarding all aspects of their personal health (Doukas, McCullough, & Wear, 2012).

The clientele of the healthcare industry is the patient: healthcare facilities have a high regard for issues surrounding their patients’ welfare. Healthcare professionals such as doctors and nurses who have the ability to affect the health of a patient have to make ethical decisions on a daily basis. It is common for healthcare professionals to clash with a patient’s family over decisions regarding treatment. Sometimes patients eventually suffer the consequences of an error made by a healthcare professional during the course of hospitalization. The decisions made during are under heavier scrutiny in the modern age with most healthcare facilities in the industry coming up with ethics committees. Such committees establish a written code of ethics that elaborate policies and procedures that determine proper conduct for the concerned healthcaere employees.



The protection of private patient information is one of the core duties of medical practice.

Healthcare providers should keep the health information of patients private unless there is consent by the patient to release the information.

The adoption of electronic health records has improved the quality of healthcare but it has brought a real challenge in terms of the safety of information in the system (Ozair, Jamshed, Sharma, & Aggarwal, 2015).

Security breaches are a real threat to the confidentiality of patient medical records. This is particularly so when the confidential health information is made available to others without the consent or authorization of the individual in question. Over the recent past, there have been incidents of security breaches which showed that inadequate data security can affect very many people. A breach at Howard University Hospital, Washington left the medical data of 34,000 patients compromised. It is crucial that healthcare organizations implement security measures such as antivirus software, firewalls, and intrusion detection software that will protect data integrity. This is a minor cost if the state of healthcare is to improve. The problem with security breaches is that patients will be less likely to share sensitive information with doctors which in turn negatively impacts their care.


Referral Decisions

Medical referral is the action of guiding a