This course will focus on the basics of electronic health records and health information exchanges. Students will learn the purpose, design, and function of these systems along with the legal and regulatory guidelines. Emphasis will be placed on the organizational demands and healthcare user needs. Students will learn through labs and hands-on opportunities to use real EHR software.
This course meets certain CAHIIM competencies for HIM Majors.
- ENG 101: English Composition 1
- ENG 102: English Composition 2
- HIM 300: Medical Vocabularies and Classification System
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to:
- Identify the major components of an EHR.
- Understand the workflow of information in an EHR.
- Discuss coded data and interoperability.
- Provide examples of EHR decision support.
- Enter, edit and retrieve patient data using an EHR.
- Define Meaningful Use criteria.
- Interpret HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules as they apply to EHR and HIE.
- Discuss the HITECH Act in relation to EHR and HIE creation.
- Explain the relationship between EHRs and HIEs.
- Compare/contrast paper records and EHRs.
- Identify challenges and barriers to EHR and HIE implementation and success.
- Identify and describe advanced components of EHRs such as CPOE, Problem Lists, Flow Sheets and others.
- Analyze and respond to the information needs of internal and external customers throughout the continuum of healthcare services.
- Revise policies and procedures to comply with the changing health Information regulations.
- Translate and interpret health information for consumers and their caregivers.
- Construct and maintain the standardization of data dictionaries to meet the needs of the enterprise.
- Demonstrate compliance with internal and external data dictionary requirements.
General Education Outcomes (GEOs)
Course Activities and Grading
Discussions (Weeks 1-8)
Quizzes (Weeks 1-7)
Lab Assignments (Weeks 2-7)
Competency Assigment (Weeks 6 & 8 )
Available through Charter Oak State College's online bookstore
- Foltz, D. and K. Lankisch. (2018). Exploring Electronic Health Records. 2nd ed. EMC/Paradigm Pub., Inc. ISBN-13: 978-0-7638-8136-8
- Oachs, P. and A. Watters. (2016). Health Information Management Concepts, Principles and Practice. 5th ed. AHIMA Press. Chicago, IL. ISBN-13: 9781584264897
- Notes: This textbook is used in several HIM courses and should be saved for preparation for the RHIA exam. A previous edition that students may have purchased would also be acceptable.
- AHIMA Virtual Lab Access Code. (Good for one year from the date of purchase)
- Note: Students need to purchase only one code/subscription to the AHIMA E-HIM Virtual Lab per year. A single code provides the access required for all Charter Oak State College HIM courses.
Readings and Exercises
Topics: Overview of Electronic Health Records; Content of the Health Record
Topic: Introduction to EHR Software
Topic: Administrative Management
Topics: Scheduling and Patient Management; Privacy Security, and Legal Aspects of the EHR
Topics: Clinical Documentation and Reporting; Medical Coding; Insurance, Billing and Reimbursement
Topics: Data Management and Analytics; Clinical Decision Support Systems and Quality Improvement
Topics: The Personal Health Record; Patient Portals; Implementation and Evaluation of an EHR System
Topic: Health Information Exchange
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.
COSC Policies, Course Policies, Academic Support Services and Resources
Students are responsible for knowing all Charter Oak State College (COSC) institutional policies, course-specific policies, procedures, and available academic support services and resources. Please see COSC Policies for COSC institutional policies, and see also specific policies related to this course. See COSC Resources for information regarding available academic support services and resources.