Health Informatics - Course Descriptions

Reviews traditional project management techniques and project based organizational structures. Special attention is given to the integration of project management with technology and strategic objectives. Organizational issues, project tracking, the project manager, and project management techniques are examined both from the conceptual and the applied aspects. The potential for transferring knowledge gained from projects to multiple areas in the organization is also covered. Students will experience computer application software to support and implement project management activities.

The theoretical basis of health care informatics and health information systems is presented and the use of technology to deliver health care is explored. Study of the impact of informatics on the socio-cultural environment of health care and the infrastructure to support health care informatics is a primary focus.

A study of the overall legal aspects of the various dimensions of health informatics and information management. Specific applications and study will include areas of health informatics and information management, the medical staff, facility liability, consent for treatment, confidentiality of health information, computerization of health information, professional negligence/medical malpractice and other related topics.

A practical overview of methods and tools for creating, acquiring, representing, and classifying health information. Topics covered include clinical classifications/terminology systems and biomedical ontologies. Survey of health information exchange standards and approaches to data mapping. Overview of health care delivery, concepts of anatomy, physiology, and pathology.

Methods for extracting, merging, organizing, processing, analyzing, and visualizing health data, information, and knowledge. A practical overview of biostatistics in Health Informatics to support medical decision-making. Introduction to data mining and machine learning techniques.

A practical overview of techniques of integrating technology into patient care. Exploration of current trends and historical perspectives of human-technology interaction in healthcare. Application of principles of user interface designs and evaluation techniques. Examination of methods for assessing the usability of technology. Review of hardware, software, and peripherals in clinical care.

In-depth review of standards for health information exchange and security in clinical information systems. Main topics include authentication, authorization, encryption, access control, and integrity. Other topics related to computer networks, communications protocols, client-server architecture, and cybersecurity as pertained to health information.

Overview of quality improvement methods. Includes topics about defining, measuring, analyzing, improving, and controlling quality in various areas of healthcare and informatics. Application areas include health information technology and management. The effects of social, psychological, and behavioral factors on quality are considered.

Overview of system development life cycle and prototyping methods. Practical approaches to assessing user needs in health care, data modeling, normalization, structured query language (SQL), data warehousing, and data mining. Review of NoSQL techniques for information storage, retrieval, and presentation practices to support clinical decisions and policymaking in health care. Investigation of data transformation, patterns recognition, and knowledge discovery techniques in health care.

Exploration of health information governance theories and methods. Survey of policies and procedures for managing the complex infrastructure of electronic health record (EHR) systems and health information exchange (HIE) networks. Topics include operational and risk management of data integrity, accessibility, privacy, and security. Overview of leadership, professionalism, and collaborative practices in Health Informatics.
Prerequisites: All program courses except HI 699

Completion of practicum/project. Seminar lectures and participation in the discussions and potential solutions to current issues in Health Informatics. Real-world cases are reviewed, and collaborative problem-solving techniques are presented. Guest speakers discuss the fundamentals of leadership behaviors and best practices in Health Informatics.
Co/Prerequisite: HI 620


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