Health Informatics *ADDENDUM*
The Bachelors of Science in Health Informatics program ensures that all graduates are fully prepared for a career in health informatics using technology to improve the patient experience of care, to improve the health of populations, and to reduce the cost of health care for all.
The Bachelor of Science in Health Informatics offers undergraduate students the foundation and theories they will need to use advances in technology to improve health and healthcare knowledge, practice, and outcomes. Students will develop expertise and insight in many areas, including healthcare quality, database management, project management, leadership, and finance. Students will apply these skills in a cumulative practical experience at the end of their program.
The Bachelor in Health Informatics is a degree-completion program comprising the equivalent of 60 credit hours delivered in a Competency-Based Education format. To be eligible for admission to the program, students must have completed 60 credit hours, either in individual credits or a conferred associate or baccalaureate degree, including 20 credit hours of general education coursework. The program consists of 120 competencies designed to comprehensively prepare students for a career in Health Informatics by teaching the skills at the core of health informatics as well as a deep understanding of the processes and theories underlying those skills. Students earn one-half credit hour upon completion of each competency, culminating in the completion of the bachelor’s degree. Students must demonstrate mastery of each competency in order to earn their degree.
The Healthcare Landscape
Define key historic influences on healthcare delivery and the impact that has on the evolution of healthcare today
Summarize the organization of health institutions and of the overall health system in the US
Outline the impact of laws, regulation and accreditation on the American healthcare system
Summarize the concepts of healthcare utilization, planning and national policy
Summarize the needs of the underserved including behavioral health and care for the aging
Describe current trends in health care delivery
Introduction to Health Informatics
Summarize the history and theories of Health Informatics
Demonstrate the relationships with the components of Electronic Health Records as they re-lated to Meaningful Use
Articulate understanding of technology applications commonly used in healthcare
Articulate understanding of the infrastructure commonly used in healthcare
Describe the concepts of participatory and mobile informatics and the impact they have on patients
Summarize the concepts of governance, organizational and educational structure of Infor-matics
Health Information Technology
Explain the function of basic computer hardware components
Describe the different types of software and operating systems commonly used in health care and their typical development process
Describe the structure and function of computer networks, especially those used in delivering health care
Describe the relationships between the internet and the World Wide Web, also considering HTTP and HTML
Define what a database it, explain what querying languages are, and identify commonly used database systems
Analyze the advantages and disadvantages of common ways computers are used to support collaboration, networking, and information exchange in health care
Healthcare Quality, Pro-cess Improvement and the Triple Aim
Outline the history and fundamental concepts of healthcare quality and measurements in different healthcare settings
Assess findings from quality reviews of reported events to design and implement system improvements
Prepare examples of performance improvement concepts, including tools like LEAN, process mapping and gap analysis work
Critically analyze the workflow processes in a selected healthcare setting to determine their effectiveness from the perspective of key stakeholders (those being served, those providing the service and the leadership)
Distinguishes common quality improvement concepts and the role of public policy as a driver of improvement including financial incentives in public reporting.
Propose ways which quality improvement methods, tools and health IT can be applied to improve health outcomes as directed by the Triple Aim
Identify basic concepts of data, databases, and data management.
Constructs a relational model of data.
Acquire basic comprehension of SQL concepts
Describe appropriate strategies to normalize data.
Demonstrates an understanding of the concepts involved in business intelligence and analytical processing.
Provide examples of storage technologies.
Analyze information needs of customers across the healthcare continuum
Evaluate, implement and manage electronic applications/systems for clinical classification and coding
Apply knowledge of database architecture and design to meet organizational needs and dictionary requirements
Manage clinical indices/databases/registries
Demonstrate compliance with internal and external data dictionary requirements
Healthcare Law and Policy
Comprehend laws and regulations applicable to health care
Analyze legal concepts and principles to the practice of HIM
Appraise current laws and standards related to health information initiatives
Determine processes for compliance with current laws and standards related to health information initiatives and revenue cycle
Evaluate how healthcare policy-making both directly and indirectly impacts the national and global healthcare delivery systems
Comply with ethical standards of practice
Statistics for Health Informatics
Apply fundamental statistical concepts and application in healthcare today
Demonstrate examples of a variety of statistical methods
Explain how to organize, manage and present data
Produce and interpret graphical summaries of data
Give examples of the properties of the normal curve
Illustrate the relationship between two quantitative variables
Health IT Security and Privacy
Analyze privacy, security and confidentiality policies and procedures for internal and external use and exchange of health information
Distinguish the security and privacy implications specific to mobile health technologies
Recommend elements included in the design of audit trails and data quality monitoring programs
Collaborate in the design and implementation of risk assessment, contingency planning, and data recovery procedures
Create policies and procedures to manage access and disclosure of personal health information & Protect electronic health information through confidentiality and security measures, policies and procedures
Develop educational programs for employees in privacy, security, and confidentiality
Networking, Web Architecture and Health Information Exchanges
Identifies the basic concepts and principles of networking systems in healthcare
Create examples of effective web architecture
Outline the technology fundamentals of how Health Information exchanges pass information from one system to another
List and explain the standard languages used to successfully transmit healthcare data to another entity
Construct a debate on the Legal and ethical dilemma is exchanging data. Who's data is it anyway?
Summarize the Challenges and Barriers to a NHIN
Usability and Human Factors
Articulate a systems approach to usability and human factors as it applies to health information technology.
Identify the consequences of suboptimal design in the delivery of healthcare.
Apply methods of cognitive research, sources of usability evidence, and principles of user-centered design to decisions regarding systems evaluation, technology evaluation, and iterative design, given a population of users.
Demonstrate concept knowledge of cognition and human performance models in their relevance to systems evaluation methods.
Apply principles of usability and design to critiquing EHR systems and to making recommendations for iterative improvement.
Describe the impact of usability concepts on mobile and ubiquitous computing in healthcare
Consumer, Mobile and Public Health Informatics
Apply knowledge of basic history, concepts and public policy of Consumer Health Informatics
Apply knowledge of basic history and concepts of Public Health Informatics
Analyze the Design, Development and Usability of Consumer Health Applications currently available
Defend the rationale for moving forward with mobile technology and the impact on those with limited access to technology
Describe the relationship between the internet and social media on healthcare consumers
Create a model for future technology to improve the healthcare consumer
Evidence Based practice and Decision support
Manipulate data extraction methodologies
Apply knowledge of database querying and data exploration and mining techniques to facilitate information retrieval
Construct clinical data to identify trends that demonstrate quality, safety, and effectiveness of healthcare
Evaluate administrative reports using appropriate software
Evaluate analytical results to facilitate decision-making
Interpret data and research to promote evidence based healthcare standards of care
Discover personal leadership style using contemporary leadership theory and principles
Apply personnel management skills
Engage in effective communication through project reports, business reports and professional communications
Demonstrate effective negotiating and use influencing skills
Engage in a meaningful way with enterprise-wide committees
Develop and build effective teams
Comprehend concepts of financial information and how decisions and strategy are based on analysis
Apply concepts of the complex payor system in US healthcare
Demonstrate understanding of basic accounting concepts
Explain healthcare purchasing concepts
Deconstruct the details of healthcare expense management
Summarize the legal and regulatory requirements of healthcare finance
Information System Lifecycle
Analyze the technology needs of an organization
Design and select an effective technology tool using industry standards
Support and maintain effective technology solutions in healthcare
Analyze the effectiveness of the technology by current testing and evaluation processes
Create an effective training and instructional design techniques common in Health IT implementations
Demonstrate an effective training program utilize best practice concepts in instructional design
Data Analytics and Visualization
Describe the limitations of datasets
Create, manipulate and analyze healthcare datasets
Translate clinical outcome data into graphical representations
Create visual communication of data and information (e.g. Tableau)
Illustrate how Geographical Information Systems (GIS) are used in understanding population health
Educate consumers on patient-centered health information technologies
Strategic and Organizational Management
Identify the different types of organizations, services, and personnel and their interrelationships across the health care delivery system
Apply general principles of management in the administration of health information services
Facilitate the use of enterprise-wide information assets to support organizational strategies and objectives
Identify departmental and organizational survey readiness for accreditation, licensing and/or certification processes
Implement a departmental strategic plan
Collaborate in the development and implementation of information governance initiatives
Distinguish process improvement standards (e.g. Six Sigma, LEAN)
Demonstrate workflow concepts
Construct performance management measures
Analyze workflow processes and responsibilities to meet organizational needs
Apply project management techniques to ensure efficient workflow and appropriate outcomes
Assess the effectiveness of different project management strategies
Academic and Technical Standards
All students must pass all 120 competencies outlined in the program to be considered for graduation.
Students complete 100% of their work online utilizing the Motivis Learning Management System (LMS).