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									   HSCI 515 Seminar in Health Information Management
   Summer 2008

                                                                                                                    Self Assessment
                                                                                                         Learning   on level of
   Course Expected Competencies Unit 1 – Health Care Information                               Chapter   Activity   Competency
   Understand the importance of managing information effectively in today’s health care
 1 environment.
   Discuss the factors that have lead to increased interest in the use of information
 2 technology in health care.
   Discuss national and regional initiatives to further the use and adoption of health
 3 information technology.

 4 Discuss the challenges associated with adopting information technology in health care.
   Describe the major types of health care information (internal and external) that are
 5 captured and/or used in health care organizations (using the JCAHO framework).

 6 Understand the content and uses of patient records.
   Discuss the characteristics of data quality and discuss the challenges associated with
 7 measuring and ensuring data quality.
   Follow a patient’s or client’s health information through a typical encounter or process
   and evaluate the process. Examples – eligibility determination, registration, patient
 8 billing or revenue cycle, scheduling, ordering.
   Discuss the importance of patient privacy and confidentiality in today’s health care
 9 environment.
   Discuss the HIPAA privacy regulations and their relevance to health care organizations
10 and consumers.
11 Describe the laws, regulations and standards that govern patient confidentiality.
   Discuss strategies health care organizations may employ to help ensure or protect patient
12 confidentiality.
     HSCI 515 Seminar in Health Information Management
     Summer 2008

                                                                                                                          Self Assessment
                                                                                                               Learning   on level of
     Course Expected Competencies Unit 2 – Hlth Care Info System                                     Chapter   Activity   Competency
1 Discuss the history and evolution of health care information systems.
     Describe the major clinical and administrative information system applications (e.g.,
     purpose, use, function, primary and secondary users, etc) used in health care including,
2    but not limited to, the following:
          a. Electronic medical/health records
          b. Computerized provider order entry (CPOE)
          c. Ancillary systems – radiology, pharmacy, laboratory medicine, etc.
          d. Clinical decision support systems
          e. Medication administration systems
          f. Registration systems
          g. Patient accounting/billing
          h. Other administrative information systems (e.g., scheduling, staffing)
          i. Others
     Discuss the status of these applications in health care today and their value to the patient,
3    provider and health care organization.
4    Identify the major attributes of EMR/EHR as defined by the IOM.
     Discuss the major barriers to EMR/EHR adoption and strategies for overcoming these
5    barriers.
     Describe a typical process that a health care organization goes through in acquiring a
6    new health care information system.
     Gain insight into the problems that can go wrong during the system acquisition process;
7    discuss the role of the health care executive in this process.
8    Gain an understanding of the health care IT industry.
     Discuss the role and function of major industry associations including HIMSS, AMIA,
     AHIMA, CHIME, Medical Records Institute, Gartner, consulting firms, Office of the
     National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), HL-7 and other
9    standards organizations, etc.
     Describe the resources available for identifying the major health care IT vendors, their
10   history, origins, products, etc.
     Discuss various options for acquiring an information system and factors to consider when
     considering each option – purchasing from vendor, leasing from vendor (application
11   service provider), contracting with system developer, building in-house
   Discuss the process that a health care organization typically goes through in
12 implementing a health care information system.
   Gain insight into the organizational and behavioral factors that impact system acceptance
13 and use.
   Discuss the role and responsibilities of the project manager throughout the system
14 implementation process.
15 Discuss strategies for training staff and converting from old system to new.
   Describe the various tools and methods used to manage large IT projects.
  HSCI 515 Seminar in Health Information Management
  Summer 2008

                                                                                                                     Self Assessment
                                                                                                          Learning   on level of
  Course Expected Competencies Unit 3—Info Technology                                           Chapter   Activity   Competency
  Gain a basic understanding of the core technologies ‘behind’ health care information
  systems and be able to have a fairly intelligent conversation with a CIO or technically-
1 savvy health care professional. These core technologies include—
      a. system software
      b. data management
      c. networks and data communications
      d. information processing distribution schemes
      e. Internet, intranets and extranets
      f. emerging trends in information support
  Discuss clinical and managerial decisiontechnology (e.g., mobility, web services, Internet,
  wireless) and major issues related to the adoption of these technologies in health care
2 organizations.

  Identify the major types of health care information standards and organizations that
  develop/approve them including messaging standards, content and coding standards,
3 network standards, standards for electronic data interchange, EHR standards.
  Distinguish between the four major methods by which standards are developed and give
4 an example of each—ad hoc, de facto, government-mandate, and consensus.

5 Discuss the importance of a system security plan.
  Understand the intent or essence of the HIPAA security regulations and give examples of
6 administrative, physical and technical safeguards.
  Given a breach in information security, explain and defend how you’d manage the
7 situation.
     HSCI 515 Seminar in Health Information Management
     Summer 2008

                                                                                                                     Self Assessment
                                                                                                          Learning   on level of
     Course Expected Competencies Unit 4 – Senior Management IT Challenges                      Chapter   Activity   Competency
     Describe the roles, responsibilities and major functions of the IS
 1   organization/department.
     Discuss the role and responsibilities of the chief information officer (CIO) and chief
 2   medical informatics officer (CMIO).
 3   Discuss the major issues facing CIOs today.
 4   Discuss the importance of strategic information systems planning.
     Describe the importance of strategic alignment between an IT plan and the organization’s
 5   overall strategy plan.
     Describe the role of the CIO and senior leadership in strategic information systems
 6   planning, IT budgeting, and IT governance.
 7   Define IT governance and explain its importance.
 8 Evaluate different IT governance structures.
   Compare and contrast methods for assessing the value of IT investments, particularly
 9 clinical information systems.
10 Discuss ethical issues related to IT.

								
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