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. (3 credits)
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.
- Utilize technology for data collection, storage, analysis, and reporting of information
- 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.
- Differentiate between various models for health information exchange
- Compare/contrast paper records and EHRs.
- Identify challenges and barriers to EHR and HIE implementation and success.
- Develop operational policies and procedures for health information exchange.
- Conduct system testing to ensure data integrity and quality of health information exchange.
- Identify and describe advanced components of EHRs such as CPOE, Problem Lists, Flow Sheets and others.
- 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)
Midterm Exam (Week 4)
Final Exam (Week 8)
Available through Charter Oak's online bookstore
- Gartee, Richard. Electronic Health Records (EHRs) - with My Health Professionals Lab Student Access Code. 3rd ed. Prentice Hall, 2017. ISBN-13: 9780134458786
Note: This textbook should be purchased new only.
- 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: History and Evolution of EHRs
Topic: EHR Systems
Topic: Building Competence in an EHR & Point of Care Documentation
Topic: Electronic Orders
Topic: Advanced EHR Components
Topics: EHR Role in Quality of Care & Decision Support
Topic: Health Information Exchanges
Topics: Privacy and Security of Health Records
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.