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RHIN 110

Perspectives on Health/Medical Information Systems

This course serves as an introductory course in the Health and Medical Informatics curriculum. The focus is on health and medical informatics as a discipline and includes the coverage of major healthcare policies and standards that affect the health information industry, patient care systems (computerized patient records, delivery and monitoring systems), and modeling concepts and applications. Students will explore the impact of Information Technology (IT) on healthcare and analyze real applications of health informatics. Other topics include: healthcare system reform/accountable care, mobile health devices, telehealth and HIEs. This course also provides the opportunity for students to explore their own interests in sub-specialties of health informatics through a research project that will be shared and reviewed by other students in the class at the end of the semester.

At the end of this course, students will be able to:
Understand the fundamentals of healthcare systems including providers, payments and spending.
Be able to assess the impact of technology on healthcare and the role of health informatics in improving patient care, administration and education.
Describe computerized patient records, interoperability and adoption issues.
Identify the principles of health information technology including IT infrastructure.
Discuss risks and privacy issues in introduction to health information security.
Analyze various types of health information including data, vocabularies and standards.
Apply the use of clinical information systems and decision support systems to improve healthcare.
Describe implementations of actual health informatics technologies.

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