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Applied Clinical Informatics

1st term
Health Policy and Management
3 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Asynchronous Online with Some Synchronous Online
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Mary Sewell

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


Introduces the field of Applied Clinical Informatics, which is focused on leveraging clinical information systems and technology to improve patient and family-centered care. Provides exposure to a range of clinical workflows as well as patient/caregiver needs and how these may be supported by health information technology. Topics include: Workflow analysis, clinical decision support (CDS), electronic health record (EHR) and patient portal best practices, health information exchange (HIE), integrated laboratory, imaging and pharmacy information, telehealth and digital health strategies, and evaluation. Considers topics in the appropriate context of care continuum, clinical care transitions, patient safety and care quality, regulatory requirements, information security, organizational governance and project management.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the role of applied clinical informatics in meeting information needs of patients, families, clinicians and healthcare leadership.
  2. Recognize different workflow analysis tools and how applied clinical informatics addresses complex clinical workflows.
  3. Identify aspects of clinical and information processes that promote patient safety
  4. Describe the processes and requirements of telemedicine for addressing unmet needs in healthcare
  5. Articulate the basics of radiology, pharmacy and laboratory informatics
  6. Explain the approaches for ongoing optimization of clinical information systems
  7. Explain the role of clinical informatics in addressing healthcare challenges such as healthcare disparities and public health issues
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 70% Assignments
  • 10% Discussion Board
  • 20% Quizzes

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

This course is based in the SOM and uses Blackboard, not CoursePlus.