A systems architecture is the blueprint for all of an organization’s information technology components. Just as a building’s architectural plan includes things like plumbing, electrical wiring, room sizes, and the locations of walls and doors, the architectural plan for an organization’s information systems includes things like ergonomic considerations for system users, requirements for wireless versus standard or fiber optic cable networking, designations of where specific types of information technology will be installed and used, and specifications of how those types of information technology will interface with each other to allow information to flow freely within the organization. To prepare for this Application Assignment, review the information presented in this week’s Learning Resources on information systems architecture, and on the different hardware and software technologies that can be reflected within a systems architecture. To complete this Application Assignment, write a 1- to 2-page paper that explains why it is important for a heath care organization to adopt information systems architecture and how this architecture benefits the organization. Then, describe how an organization’s hardware and software technologies relate to its overall systems architecture. Your written assignments must follow APA guidelines. Be sure to support your work with specific citations from this week’s Learning Resources and additional scholarly sources as appropriate. Refer to the Essential Guide to APA Style for Walden Students to ensure your in–text citations and reference list are correct. Reading materials: Video: Laureate Education, Inc. (Executive Producer). (2009). Relational schemas. Baltimore: Auth Course Text:Health Care Information Systems: A Practical Approach for Health Care Management Chapter 9, “Technologies That Support Health Care Information” (read pp. 284–313, “Networks and Data Communications” through “Summary”) Course Text:Adaptive Health Management Information Systems: Concepts, Cases, and Practical Applications Chapter 4, “Health Management Information System Enterprise Software: The New Generation of HMIS Administrative Applications” Article: Monegain, B. (2007). Partners get serious about SOA. Healthcare IT News. Retrieved from http://www.healthcareitnews.com/news/partners-gets-serious-about-soa
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