Health Information Exchanges and Blood Electrolyte Imbalances

Health Information Exchanges and Blood Electrolyte Imbalances

For practice for your Unit 8 assignment, start your research on the health information exchanges (HIEs) and how these affect the future of the national health information superhighway.

Review the information in your textbook along with the Web Reading as listed under Unit 8.

What are health information exchanges? How do they work?

Contribute to the discussion by adding any specific information that you found of interest.

Discussion responses should be on topic, original, and contribute to the quality of the Discussion by making frequent informed references to lesson materials and Seminars. Review the Discussion grading rubric located in the Course Resources.

Initial Discussion posts should be in the range of 100-200 words.

Web Reading: Review the following important information on Health Information Exchanges at the following web sites:

Health Information Exchanges at HIMSS and Other Web Resources:

Understanding the HIE Landscape. AHIMA Practice Brief. Retrieved from

HIMSS Chapter information. Retrieved from:

The Sequoia Project eHealth Exchange. Retrieved from:

HIMSS Analytics. Retrieved from

SearchHealth IT. Retrieved from: Regional Extension Centers (RECs). Retrieved from:

SC131: Human Anatomy and Physiology II

Blood Electrolyte Imbalances

There are several different types of electrolytes that can be found in body fluids located within the plasma, interstitial fluid, or intracellular fluid. Each electrolyte has a specific function, so having too much or too little of any component can cause several issues to arise. Being able to recognize the immediate symptoms of either deficiencies or excesses can mean the difference between life and death.

Choose only one of the following electrolytes to research further (list the name of the electrolyte in the subject line of your main post): sodium, chloride, potassium, calcium, phosphate, or magnesium. Then answer the following questions:

  1. What electrolyte did you select and list its normal ranges in the body.
  2. If deficient, what condition would a patient present? Describe the causes, signs, and symptoms associated if this electrolyte were too low.
  3. If in excess, what condition would the patient present? Describe the causes, signs, and symptoms associated if this electrolyte was too high.
  4. A patient’s blood work is showing abnormal ranges (either higher or lower) of your chosen electrolyte. How will the body fix this imbalance?
  5. Describe medical treatments utilized to correct these electrolyte imbalances.


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