This course will focus on the use of electronic information systems in healthcare. It integrates medical administrative and clinical record management and computer technology for performing common medical practice functions. The course covers computer hardware and software components, network and World Wide Web technologies, decision support systems, health information standards, information system acquisition or in-house development, implementation, evaluation, user training, and maintenance. Basic database use and management will be explored. Students will practice the use of request for proposals and the stages of the procurement process. Students will complete a basic tutorial to view a real electronic health record. (3 credits)
This course meets certain CAHIIM competencies for HIM Majors.
- ENG 101: English Composition 1
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to:
- Articulate how information systems function in healthcare organizations to assist healthcare providers and administrators.
- Describe the role health information systems in improving healthcare quality.
- Evaluate health information systems and data storage design.
- Explain the legal issues concerning the protection and dissemination of electronic health information.
- Recommend elements included in the design of audit trails and data quality monitoring programs.
- Collaborate in the design and implementation of risk assessment, contingency planning, and data recovery procedures.
- Manage the planning, design, selection, implementation, integration, testing, evaluation, and support of health information technologies.
- Recommend device selection based on workflow, ergonomic and human factor.
- Assess system capabilities to meet regulatory requirements.
- Plan the development of networks, including intranet and Internet applications.
- Apply knowledge of database architecture and design to meet organizational needs.
- Evaluate system architecture, database design, and data warehousing.
- Create a request for information and request for proposal and evaluate the stages of the procurement process.
- Discover threats to data integrity and validity.
- Implement policies and procedures to ensure data integrity both internally and externally.
- Describe various technologies used in HIM and the HIM professionals role.
- Observe the basic use of an electronic health record.
General Education Outcomes (GEOs)
Course Activities and Grading
Note: Health Information Management majors must earn a final grade of C to pass the course.
Discussion (Weeks 1-8)
Quizzes (Weeks 1-8)
Course Project and Assignments
Available through Charter Oak State College's online bookstore
- Sayles, Nanette. (2021). Introduction to Computer Systems for Health Information Technology. 4th ed. American Health Information Management Association. ISBN-10: 1-58426-742-9 or ISBN-13: 978-1-58426-742-3
(Note: Course week runs Monday 12:00 am EST - Sunday 11:59 pm EST)
Readings and Exercises
Topics: Introduction to Computers in HIM
Topics: Information Integrity and Data Quality and Security
Topics: Databases and Computers in HIM
Topics: System Selection and Implementation
Topic: Electronic Health Records
Topics: Administrative Information Systems; Clinical Information Systems
Topic: Consumer Informatics
Topics: Role of HIM Professionals in Information Systems;The Future of Computers in Healthcare
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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