HIF 530: Healthcare Informatics and Technology

Course Description

This course examines conceptual and theoretical foundations of business management principles and practices essential to health informatics. This course provides the fundamentals of health data management and the role of Electronic Health Records (EHR) and other clinical informatics applications in healthcare organizations. Emphasis is given to clinically transformative technologies which include fundamental knowledge of the concepts of health informatics and how technology can be used in the delivery of health care. The intent is to increase the student’s capacity for the design, configuration, use and maintenance of informatics interventions that improve health care delivery in order to deliver cost-effective and quality health services. 

Prerequisites

  • None

Associated Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  • #1. Apply healthcare informatics and technology concepts and skills to case studies and real-world situations
  • #4. Improve the various healthcare functions associated with the integration of information technology by implementing technology initiatives

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  1. Determine the key users of health information technology and the barriers to successful adoption.
  2. Explain why health information technology sometimes fails.
  3. Justify the resources that go into creating and maintaining comprehensive electronic health records.
  4. Assess the importance of interoperability among U.S. health organizations.
  5. Examine the challenges of data analytics in healthcare.
  6. Analyze the characteristics of successful clinical decision support programs.
  7. Investigate the benefits of integrating clinical decision support with financial decision support.
  8. Assess the benefits robust clinical data can bring to safety, quality and value in healthcare.
  9. Differentiate the responsibilities that come with gathering large sets of clinical data including: privacy, security and ethics.
  10. Evaluate how telemedicine and bioinformatics are changing the healthcare environment.
  11. Engage in research and present how information technology can impact public health and research with specific attention to COVID19 and similar pandemics.
  12. Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of HIT concepts and functions.
  13. Make recommendations to improve the use of healthcare information.

 

Course Activities and Grading

AssignmentsPointsWeight

Discussions (40 Pts, Weeks 1-8)

320

32%

Quiz/Homework Assignments (40 Pts each, Weeks 1, 3, 5, 7)

160

16%

Case Studies (40 Pts, Weeks 2, 4, 6)

120

12%

Final Paper Plan (80 Pts, Week 4)

80

8%

Final Paper (320 Pts, Week 8)

320

32%

Total

 

100%

Required Textbook

Available through Charter Oak State College's online bookstore

  • Hoyt and Hersh (2018). Health Informatics: Practical Guide. 7th ed. Lulu.com. ISBN-13: 978-138764241

Additional Resources

  • Journal Articles and other course material, including case study information and primary websites, will be provided as required reading within the course.

 

Course Schedule

Week

PLOs

SLOs

Readings and Exercises

Assignments

1

1,4

1,2,12

Topics: Health Informatics & Healthcare Data

  • Readings:
    • Hoyt & Hersh, Chapters 1 & 2
    • PowerPoint presentation, Week #1 Lecture
  • Review Getting Started information
  • Review course syllabus
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review the lecture material
  • Introduce yourself in discussion forum
  • Complete week #1 group quiz

2

1,4

3,4

Topics: Electronic Health Records & Health Information Exchange

  • Readings:
    • Hoyt & Hersh, Chapters 4 & 6
    • PowerPoint presentation, Week #2 Lecture
    • Case study #1
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review the lecture material
  • Participate in group discussion
  • Submit case study #1 paper
  • Select topic for final paper

3

1,4

5,6

Topics: Healthcare Data Analytics & Clinical Decision Support

  • Readings:
    • Hoyt & Hersh, Chapters 7 & 8
    • PowerPoint presentation, Week #3 Lecture

 

  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review the lecture material
  • Participate in group discussion
  • Complete week #3 homework assignment
  • Optional – Week 3 Quiz

4

1,4

7

Topic: Integration of Clinical Decision Support with Financial Decision Support

  • Readings:
    • Research on Clinical & Financial integration
    • Case study #2

 

  • Read assigned material
  • Participate in group discussion
  • Submit case study #2 paper
  • Submit final paper project plan

5

1,4

8,9

Topics: Safety, Quality, Value, Privacy, Security and Ethics

  • Readings:
    • Hoyt & Hersh, Chapters 9, 10 & 11
    • PowerPoint presentation, Week #5 Lecture
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review the lecture material
  • Participate in group discussion
  • Complete week #5 homework assignment
  • Optional – Week 5 quiz

6

1,4

10

Topics: Telemedicine & Bioinformatics

  • Readings:
    • Hoyt & Hersh, Chapters 17 & 18
    • PowerPoint presentation, Week #6 Lecture
    • Case study #3
  • Review the lecture material
  • Participate in group discussion
  • Submit case study #3 paper

7

 1,4

11

Topics: Public Health Informatics & Research

  • Readings:
    • Hoyt & Hersh, Chapters 19 & 20
    • PowerPoint presentation, Week #7 Lecture

 

  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review the lecture material
  • Participate in group discussion
  • Complete week #7 homework assignment
  • Optional – Week 7 Quiz

8

 1,4

12,13

Topic: Data science

  • Readings:
    • Hoyt & Hersh, Chapter 22
    • PowerPoint presentation, Week #8 Lecture
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review the lecture material
  • Submit final paper

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