The College of Management recently launched a graduate certificate in Healthcare Informatics. This fall we are offering 2 courses (see below for more details). The courses will apply as elective courses for students in the MBA program, functional area IS and specialization in IS and Healthcare Management. The courses will also apply as elective courses for students enrolled in the MSIT program.
If you have questions regarding how the course(s) will apply to your degree requirements, you may email Tara.Norton@umb.edu. For more information and specific details about the courses, you may contact Professor Noushin.Ashrafi@umb.edu
This course provides an overview of relevant concepts in healthcare information technology. This introductory course assumes that students have little knowledge about terminologies about healthcare, information technology, and affiliation between the two. The course provides core definitions and concepts of healthcare and healthcare informatics. Attributes and functions of Electronic Health Records (EHR). Health Information Technology (HIT) systems from a variety of settings as well as functional aspects of interoperability within and between systems are examined. The concepts of usability, consistency, and reliability in regards to HIT systems and how each contributes to, or detracts from, effectiveness will be presented. An overview of the concepts of privacy, security, and confidentiality of protected health information (PHI) in relation to HIT systems will be presented. Patient-centered care will be defined and explained. We conclude the course with a focus upon future directions for HIT. New areas of research and development in HIT will be examined. Students will gain a foundational understanding of these areas and will debate appropriateness and feasibility of new HIT development areas.
The main objective of this introductory course is to introduce the principal concepts in healthcare informatics and create a foundation for learning the remaining courses offered by the certificate. At the completion of this course students should have an understanding of:
- History of Modern Healthcare in the US,
- Health Information Systems and Health Informatics
- Electronic Health Records and Clinical Decision Support Systems
- Common elements of the HIT system.
- Working with Health IT Systems:
- Patient-centered care and suggest HIT-enabled solutions/strategies to enhance patient involvement in health and healthcare.
- The effectiveness of HIT systems in supporting patient-centered care.
There is no text book required for this course. Course materials consists of audio and video presentations as well as interactive technology made possible by a team of medical and IT professionals at John Hopkins University. These materials are supplemented by case studies, articles, and have been customized to fit the structure and design of online certificate. All materials will be available to students, at no cost, on Blackboard Learning System (BLS). Detailed instructions will be provided as how and where to access the course materials for each session.
|Required Resources: Computer, Microsoft Office, PowerPoint, Flash player (free download), mp3 player (free download), Learning Management System.
The course emphasizes the values and principles of quality healthcare via integration and access to reliable patient and transaction information. There is a general consensus that, “having ready access to timely, complete, accurate, legible, and relevant information is critical to health care organizations.” Delivering quality health care requires the integration of patient health information from many different sources; the health providers must be able to readily access and use the right information at the right time and patients should be able to access their health information in order to self- manage their conditions. There are substantial barriers, however, to the exchange of health information through electronic interoperability. Such an exchange would require extended technical and political processes and involve standardization and modification of current information systems. Electronic exchange of health information also raises questions about policies and procedures regarding confidentiality, security, and identity management. The success of interoperability between healthcare computer systems depends on implementation and deployment of appropriate standards, such as Health Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP) and Health Level Seven International (HL7). As the nature of healthcare is evolving due to advances in technology, health information exchange is taking an important role to improve the quality of healthcare.
The course is designed not only to help students understand the HIE as a catalyst for deployment of HIT, but stimulate their thinking process in terms of utilization of information technology in health care. This objective is met through a variety of assignments:
- Reading the text book helps students understand the concept and basics of Health Information Technology (HIT).
- Reading supplementary materials that include published articles, government and industry reports, and real world case studies help students understand the practical aspect of Health Information Exchange (HIE).
- Students are introduced to data transport and application programming interface (API) via simple examples using XML and Web services.
- Term papers, online discussions and encouraging students to find additional materials help students think analytically while searching, sorting, and selecting relevant and meaningful information
|Course Materials for the course includes a text book: Health Care Information Systems: A Practical Approach for Health Care Management, 2e, K. A. Wager, F.W Lee, and J.P Glaser, Wiley Paperback, 2009. Also available in e-book, a collection of printed and online documents supplementing course chapters and lecture topics for each week are provided. The source of these documents varies from academic papers to government reports and industry reports. Powerpoint slides are provided containing the highlights of weekly lecture topics and a series of questions on the relevant topic. Videos are collected from online sources for each topic and made available to students via links. All class materials will be posted on the course management system.
Required Resources: Computer, Microsoft Office, PowerPoint, Flash player (free download), mp3 player (free download), Learning Management System.
About the Professor
Professor Ashrafi is teaching both courses online. She is a professor of information systems and started her work on the technology side of healthcare in 2010. The three times Winner of Fulbright grant, ashrafi has collaborated with universities abroad extensively. She is two times winner of IBM Academic Initiative and Analytics Talent Initiative and works closely with IT industry nation-wide. She was the Chair of Executive Committee of Faculty Council at UMB for six consecutive years. She has conducted workshops and seminars on various IT- related topics in Europe, Russia, Mexico, and China. She is ISO9000 certified and the author of “ Object Oriented System Analysis and Design” published by Pearson inc.
For more information about her, please see: http://www.umb.edu/academics/cm/faculty_staff/faculty/noushin_ashrafi