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Course Title: Management of Health Information Systems

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                          GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY
                         College of Health and Human Services

                                     HAP 740
                      Management of Health Information Systems

                                             Farokkh Alemi

Course Description:
Introduces health/medical information systems with emphasis on systems analysis and design to support
managerial and clinical communications and decision making. Explores trends and innovations in information
technology and systems, focusing on the managerial oversight of health/medical information systems. Explore
contemporary management strategies for information system personnel.

Course Objectives:
Upon completion of this course you are expected to:

   1. Analyze current information systems for clinical practice, management, education and research in health
      care organizations.

   2. Synthesize the relationship between information and organization structure.

   3. Compare use of information networks in design and management of health care organizations.

   4. Explore human resource management strategies for technology workers.

   5. Identify information needs and information flow to create plans for strategic information systems in
      health care organizations.

   6. Analyze the requirements for writing effective information technology bid requests, including the
      management of suppliers.

   7. Evaluate effectiveness of information services in health care organizations.

   8. Calculate return on investment for information technology projects in health related organizations.

   9. Analyze how information systems can create strategic advantages for health related organizations.


   1. Course Pre-requisites

    To benefit from this course you need to meet the following requirements:
      A bachelor or higher degree from an accredited University. The course is limited to graduate students.

      Familiarity with the US health care system. All examples are from the US health care system.
      Computer (speakers and microphone), modem, phone line and Internet connection.

      A frame-based browser such as Netscape 3.1 available from Netscape or Internet Explorer 2.0.

      You must have an email address and be able to receive from and send mail to the class list-serve.

      Familiarity and access to Microsoft Access, Excel, PowerPoint, and Word or equivalent software.

      Both clinicians and managers are encouraged to enroll

      No previous background in decision analysis or statistics is assumed.

      Access and familiarity with Microsoft Instant Messenger service. Please add the instructor to your
       buddy list by adding the email

2. Maintain email contact

You must have access to and regularly (at least once a day) use an email. It is your responsibility to check and
see that the reply to your emails are received by you (do this by sending yourself an email and replying to
it). The biggest reason for students not doing well in this course is that they did not have a good email system
and missed many of the communications.
In addition, you must register in a listserv organized for the class. Listserv is an email address that can be used
to send email to everyone in class. You can register into the list serve by following procedures described at the
class home page under the section titled "Class mail."

3. Read material online

You are welcomed to print the online material and read it off line or to read it online. If you decide to print out
the material, please print all active links within the frame page. Hewlett Packard has a free software for printing
entire web site and all related pages. If you decide to print using your browser, please put the cursor in the
portion of the frame (heading on top, content on the left, and main in the lower right hand corner) before
To see what material should be read, see the syllabus.

4. Participate in online chats

The sessions in this class are simultaneously broadcast on the web. To obtain the free software needed for
online chats click here. You need to participate in either the face to face or the web broadcast. Participation
means that you will actively interact with other students and the instructor.

5. Complete projects

You are expected to complete several projects in which you will collect information about an existing or a
proposed information system and evaluate the cost effectiveness of the system. Projects are completed in
teams. Team members evaluate each other at end of each project.

 Check the weekly schedule for updates through out the semester.
Grading Policy
Overall grade
                                                                                Letter grades correspond to following
                Distribution of the grade                                                 numerical grades:
                                                                   95+                                      A
                                                                   90-94                                    A-
                                                                   85-89                                    B+
                   Participation grade 40%
                                                                   80-84                                    B
                   Project grade         50%
                                                                   70-79                                    C
                   Peer evaluation grade 10%
                                                                   70-                                      F
                                                                   + and - grades are made only if your university allows such

Participation is graded

Participation is key to making the experience of everyone a pleasant one. Internet courses are not only distance
learning but also interactive learning. These courses benefit from student participation. Participation means that
you need to:
               Read all lectures before the session.

               Complete all online exercises.

               Present your views in class discussions and show that these views reflect the literature and are not
                constructed based on your experience or common sense.

               Effectively teach the topics assigned to you.
The participation grade rewards students who continuously keep on top of the course as opposed those who wait
and catch up at the last minute. When students are reading the same material and are responsive to each other,
then chat sessions are more productive. Adult learners, who value interaction with each other considerably,
benefit from chat sessions in which everyone comes prepared.

Teaching is graded
We have four reasons for asking students to teach the concepts they are learning to other students:
   1.   You learn a great deal by teaching a topic. You get to use the information you have learned in new ways and therefore
        understand the information from a new perspective.

   2.   You get to see how others have approached the same task as you have
Please note that you should distribute your slides prior to the session.

Projects are graded
You are asked to complete several team projects. You can select to work with anyone but team composition
must change for each assignment (see project signup). To work with the same person again in a different
laboratory project, please get the instructors approval by emailing
Team work is graded

This course, like much of information technology work, is about team work. In real life team members have
inter-locking and mutual responsibilities towards each other that encourages them to work hard for each other.
To create a similar environment, a portion of your grade depends on the evaluation of your colleagues in class.
Your project grade depends on how your colleagues perceive your effort on the project. You and your
colleagues will be asked to evaluate each other using the enclosed form.
                                                Peer evaluation form
Peer evaluations are graded on a curve relative to other evaluations in the class. Your peer evaluation grade is
the percentage of the maximum possible grade you could have received.

For more information contact Farrokh Alemi, Ph.D. or Thomas Sullivan MD., the professors in charge of the
course. For information about instructors read the section on "about the instructors."

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