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RHIN 150

Emerging Technologies in Health/Medical Informatics

In today’s dynamic health care information technology environment, emerging technologies represent a critical and exciting field of study. Advances in technologies across all aspects of health care promise to make dramatic impacts in terms of the efficiency and efficacy of care with major implications for clinical quality and cost.

This course introduces students to a number of emerging classes of health care information technologies. In addition, the course considers the unique challenges that the healthcare industry presents in terms of planning, implementation, and adoption of new technologies.

While the content of the class is dynamic and continually evolving, emerging technologies are broad enough to be split into static categories. The categories present emerging technologies that represent the major fields within Health and Medical Informatics, including:

Health/Medical information systems (including hospital-based information systems, billing, scheduling, etc.)

Clinical/decision support systems, including standardized language lexicon
Electronic Health Record (EHR) and Health Information Exchange (HIE) technologies including integration issues and standards .

E-health, telemedicine, connected health, location-based technologies, personalized medicine.

Inter-disciplinary integrations: Bioinformatics (Biomedical informatics), etc.

At the end of this course student will be able to:

Demonstrate an understanding of the current state of emerging information technologies in health care.

Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of several specific technologies.

Describe the technology lifecycle and factors to be considered when evaluating new technologies in the context of business/clinical needs.

Discuss future trends in HIT and their implications for technology innovation.

Describe challenges/issues as they relate to emerging technologies, including cost, adoption, regulatory/safety concerns, etc.

Apply the above learning to an in-depth analysis of a specific emerging health care information technology.

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