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Provides a broad overview of healthcare information systems with emphasis on historical foundations, current issues, and industry pressures pushing modernization and increased sophistication in the use of technology. Major topics include: an overview of healthcare use of information technology, medical informatics, public health informatics, Information Technology infrastructure, ethics in computing, computer security, consumer informatics, clinical software, computing in clinical education, research computing, IT strategy, community-wide clinical information sharing, and the future of healthcare computing.

Learning Objective(s):

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to: 1. Discuss pioneering efforts to create computing devices and early forms of computers 2. Discuss the many forces of change that have put healthcare information technology into the national agenda 3. Discuss historical public health projects in data collection, data analysis, and mapping and how they are similar to modern day public health data management approaches 4. Define surveillance centers and process and how they uses information technology 5. Discuss the impact of natural and man-made disasters and what steps IT planners and management should take to protect computer resources 6. Discuss the importance of technology standards and define key network standards 7. Define ethics and computer ethics; give real world examples of information technology issues impacted by ethics 8. Describe how modern computing and networks have created new risks and vulnerabilities for the systems and people who use them 9. Contrast consumer informatics vs. medical informatics 10. Discuss efforts to transform the healthcare industry from paper (analog) based medical records to electronic (digital) records and define the key elements of electronic records 11. Describe examples of digital content, information access, simulation and online environments used to support clinical education 12. Describe how researchers have leveraged information technology; discuss the history of Index Medicus and how it morphed into becoming PubMed 13. Define an information technology strategic planning process 14. Discuss technology diffusion rates and how they can be used to help plan and assess technology deployment projects 15. Discuss current efforts to create health data sharing networks to share patient information at a community level

Methods of Assessment: Student evaluation will be based on mid-term and final exams, online discussion participation and a paper.
Location: Internet
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Enrollment Maximum: 40
Enrollment Restriction: undergraduates are not permitted in this course
Instructor Consent: No consent required

Introduction to Online Learning is required prior to participating in any of the School's Internet-based courses..

Auditors Allowed: Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail