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HAD 560 Health Care Informatics

Learn the ways to acquire, store, and utilize health data to deliver better care.

Format: Online
Duration: 8 weeks
Credits: 3 credits

Health Care Informatics (HAD 560) provides the basic terminology, strategies, and utilization of information technology (IT) as a key component in the delivery of patient care. In essence, the course is a survey of the current use of IT in the clinical and management practice for the health care delivery enterprise.

Health Care Informatics Coursework

The HAD 560 coursework equips you with a conceptual understanding of the resources, devices, and methods required to optimize the acquisition, storage, and retrieval of health information. It will also introduce current analytical techniques to support improvement in health care quality and efficiency.

Up for Discussion

Learn from your instructor and peers via interactive discussion forums that can include a number of intriguing and current health topics like the example below.

How has the use of data affected decision making and the delivery of care?

What You’ll Learn in Health Care Informatics

Throughout HAD 560 Health Care Informatics, you’ll explore the changing state of health care and the impact of data. In the first few classes, you’ll discuss the political and regulatory climate, as well as review Meaningful Use (MU). Strategies to achieve MU are presented, along with project management techniques and informatics initiatives that will assist you with your overall success as a health care administrator.

One of the main focuses is on the numerous ways to acquire and store health care information. You’ll look at the disparate sources of health information and how we can merge them successfully. Through course reading and class discussions, you’ll evaluate EHR, LIS, RIS, and other sources of information, such as claims. As both technology and health care become more complex, you’ll discover challenges presented by data sources from different vendors, tools, and standards. Once the data is captured, the issue of retrieval and delivery of evidence-based medicine are discussed.

As the course concludes, you’ll examine common analytical methods with an introduction to analytical tools. Exposure to commonly reported health care statistics of quality and efficiency will illustrate informatics in use. By using analytics to leverage evidence in order to deliver improved clinical and financial outcomes, you will bring your health administration career and your HCO to the forefront.

Course Topics

Over the eight-week duration of the course, you’ll be introduced to new topics and weekly themes; each one centered around health informatics or health analytics. Sample weekly topics may include:

Health Informatics Topics

  • Overview of Health Informatics
  • Healthcare Data, Information, and Knowledge
  • Data Standards
  • Architectures of Information Systems
  • Health Information Privacy
  • Health Information Security
  • Electronic Health Records
  • Practice Management Systems
  • Health Information Exchange
  • Mobile Technology
  • Telemedicine
  • Online Medical Resources
  • Search Engines
  • Health Informatics Ethics
  • Disease Management and Disease Registries
  • Evidence-Based Medicine and Clinical Practice Guidelines
  • Quality Improvement Strategies
  • Patient Safety and Health Information Technology

Health Analytics Topics

  • Changing Business for a Changing Science
  • BEST Care, First Time, Every Time
  • Convergence and the Capability Map
  • The Four Enterprise Disciplines of Health Analytics
  • Health Information Privacy
  • Dealing with Data
  • Financial Performance and Reimbursement
  • Health Outcomes Analysis
  • Quality and Safety

Course Learning Objectives

All Health Care Informatics coursework provides an appropriate level of understanding around the flow of health information from acquisition to storage to retrieval. The basic objectives of this course are to enable you to:

  • Examine the impact of current regulations on the flow of health care information.
  • Understand the many and varied sources of health information and how they relate to one another.
  • Recognize what challenges that impact the sharing of data between disparate systems and sources.
  • Examine the roles of IT vs. analytical staff.
  • Demonstrate a firm understanding of commonly used analytical methods and tools and how they can support both the quality and efficiency of care provided.
  • Review and understand specific examples of statistics and data to recognize the value of reporting structures to the strategic and decision-making process.

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