This course provides students with a broad overview of the role of health care information systems (HCIS) in health care delivery and examines conceptual and theoretical foundations of business management principles and practices essential to health informatics. This course provides the fundamentals of the acquisition, storage, and use of information in the clinical informatics setting. 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 healthcare. The intent is to increase the student’s capacity for the design, configuration, use, and maintenance of informatics interventions that improve healthcare delivery. This course will also examine the trends impacting the clinical informatics field and the impact of natural and artificial systems and practices.
Associated Program Learning Outcomes
Students who graduate with a Master of Science in Health Informatics 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.
- #5. Develop system design and software initiatives for healthcare organizations.
- #7. Determine best practices for implementation of technology initiatives through effective project management.
Students who graduate with a Master of Science in Health Care Administration will be able to:
- #7. Prepare and analyze departmental and organizational budgets.
- #10. Use and analyze clinical informatics to improve clinical performance.
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to:
- Investigate and appraise health information technology concepts and functions.
- Examine the functionality of major systems inside a modern healthcare information technology environment.
- Critique the current interoperability competency of health information technology systems.
- Examine key health information technology stakeholders in relation to IT requirements for patient care, identity, and finance.
- Assess the challenges of managing a successful healthcare information technology project and formulate a plan for the introduction of new technology into a healthcare organization.
- Examine the importance of interoperability among U.S. health organizations.
- Explain the importance of data standards related to data exchange between systems, interoperability, and patient safety.
- Design a data standard for sharing patient medical records.
- Evaluate the use of data analytics in healthcare information technology systems.
- Identify the characteristics of successful clinical decision support programs.
- Assess the responsibilities that come with gathering large sets of clinical data including privacy, security, and ethics.
- Assess the impact of major legislative acts that define and govern healthcare IT.
- Assess the impact of algorithm bias.
- Justify the adoption of benefits, risks, and opportunities of healthcare information technology innovations.
- Critique the security risks for modern healthcare information technology environments.
- Identify the tools used to create a modern healthcare information technology application.
Course Activities and Grading
Discussions (160 Pts, Weeks 1-8)
Glossary Entries (70 Pts, Weeks 2-8)
Papers (280 Pts, Weeks 1, 3, 5, & 7)
Project (40 Pts, Week 2)
“3/4” Term (200 Pts, Week 6)
Business Case Presentation Document (150 Pts, Week 8)
Live Business Case Presentation (100 Pts, Week 8)
Available through Charter Oak State College's online bookstore
- Balgrosky, Jean A. (2020). Understanding Health Information Systems for the Health Professions - with Access Code. Joans & Bartlett Learning. ISBN-13: 9781284148626
Readings and Exercises
HIF1, HIF 4
Topics: Health Informatics and Technologies
HIF 1, HIF 4, HIF 7
Topics: Health Information Technology Stakeholders, Projects, and Data Standards
HIF 1, HIF 4
Topics: Healthcare System Interoperability
HIF 1, HIF 4, HIF7
Topic: Algorithmic Biases
HIF 1, HIF 4, HCA 10
Topics: Clinical Decision Support Systems
HIF 1, HIF 4
Topics: Major Legislation that Impacts Healthcare IT
“3/4” Term Exam
Covers: Course text: all reading assignments; all PowerPoints; all external reading assignments
|HIF 1, HIF 4, HCA 7|
Topics: Healthcare IT Innovations and Healthcare IT Security
|HIF 5, HIF7|
Topic: Healthcare IT Projects and an Introduction to Software Development Processes and Technologies
Business Case PPT Due
Business Case Live Presentation Due
COSC Accessibility Statement
Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.
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