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RHIN 115

Health Data and Electronic Health Records (EHRs)

This course is designed to provide current and aspiring health/medical IT professionals with an understanding of the challenges of collecting and maintaining electronic health data. The course focuses on issues specific to health data and the systems implemented to collect and store it. This includes an overview of various types of hospital systems; methods used to interface between systems; and operations issues typical of hospital systems. The course also includes a study of controlled medical vocabularies typically used to define various types of health data as well as a survey of existing and evolving government driven standards and regulations.

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

Create a list of data elements that are desirable for inclusion in an electronic health record.

Diagram the data flow in existing healthcare environments.

Identify the most appropriate interface methods between both internal and external health information systems.

Develop an understanding of current standard in health and medical informatics.

Identify key technical considerations and hurdles in the implementation of an EHR

Evaluate current and proposed regulations impacting electronic health data.

Distinguish when it is appropriate to utilize a controlled medical vocabulary (CMV) and which CMV is appropriate for a given situation.

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