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Areas of Study | | HITT275 syllabus

COURSE TITLE:Health Informatics, Analytics and Data Use

This course focuses on Health Informatics and Analytics. It will cover how information science and technology are used to enhance research and practice outcomes in healthcare. The student will perform data analysis through reduction and organization of a body of data to produce information for making operational and clinical decisions. This course is designed to provide participants a hands-on experience in health data informatics and analytics using Microsoft Excel. Participants can expect to learn the fundamental skills for sorting, filtering, summarizing, interpreting, and presenting healthcare information. The basic principles of informatics that govern the application of data through collecting, retrieving, and analyzing information will be explored. After taking this course, you will have a better understanding of the nature of health data informatics, how to leverage the use of Microsoft Excel for carrying out analytical tasks, and ultimately how to discover new information from data.

Completion of HITT101, HITT245. Placement into MATH108.

NOTES: This course is not available for web registration.

The purpose of this course is to prepare the student with a foundation in health informatics and analytics focusing on the acquisition, storage and translation of data into health information. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a reading and speaking vocabulary of terms used in health informatics.
  2. Describe factors influencing current policies that support electronic health records and use of the data.
  3. Identify ethical issues associated with health informatics.
  4. Learn basic Structured Query Language (SQL) commands to select data for reporting and analysis.
  5. Define the components of a data dictionary.
  6. Learn the role of data modeling in database maintenance and design.
  7. Describe the types of data, as well as the relationship between data and information.
  8. Explain how health information standards are developed and why they are important.
  9. Define data mapping and the various types of data maps.
  10. Apply data quality principles and practices.
  11. Utilize effective policies, processes, and techniques for data analysis.
  12. Utilize Microsoft Excel to sort, filter, summarize, interpret, and present healthcare data.
  13. Design appropriate data presentations.
  14. Understand the need for and roles of leadership related to healthcare information systems implementation and create a strategic plan for systems implementation.
  15. List and define the different types of health information exchange organizational structures.
  16. Explain the advantages and disadvantages of the different types of health information exchange (HIE) consent models.
  17. Collect, maintain, and report data for clinical indices/databases/registries to meet specific organization needs such as medical research and disease registries.
  18. Define unstructured data and structured data.
  19. Delineate how natural language processing is used to support secondary uses of healthcare data and information.
  20. Explain the meaning of a healthcare transaction and cite examples.
  21. Explain the meaning of de-identified health information and list the data elements that must be removed to ensure a patient’s health record is de-identified.
  22. Describe the importance of basic health care statistical data and vital health statistics in relation to decision making at the healthcare facility, governmental and accreditation levels.
  23. Explain how to build a query and generate reports to facilitate information collection using a database.
  24. Display data generated from health care statistics using the appropriate figures, tables, and graphs, organize the data into a usable format, and recognize data trends.
  25. Describe what a security risk analysis entails.
  26. Differentiate between the concepts of vulnerabilities, risks, and threats to the security of health information.
  27. Describe the steps required for conducting a business impact analysis.
  28. Become acquainted with electronic record e-discovery.
  29. Define consumer health informatics.
  30. Explain privacy and security issues for online health information.
  31. Consider the continued evolution of the field of health informatics.

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A point system will be used to determine student's grades. Three sources of point values will be used to calculate the student's final grade: homework 45%, tests 45%, and a final exam worth 10%.

90 - 100 = A
80 - 89 = B
70 - 79 = C
60 - 69 = D
59 & below = F

NOTE: Must receive C or better to pass

This course addresses the following domains of knowledge identified by the American Health Information Management Association as indicators of entry-level competency for Health Information Technology. See the student handbook for a complete list of domains and subdomains.

Domain I. Data Content Structure and Standards
  Subdomain I.A. Classification Systems

  1. n/a
  2. n/a
  3. Apply diagnostic and procedural groupings
  4. Evaluate the accuracy of diagnostic/procedural groupings
  Subdomain I.B. Health Record Content and Documentation
  1. n/a
  2. n/a
  3. n/a
  4. n/a
  Subdomain I.C. Data Governance
  1. Apply policies and procedures to ensure the accuracy and integrity of health data
  Subdomain I.D. Data Management
  1. Collect and maintain health data
  2. Apply graphical tools for data presentations
  Subdomain I.E. Secondary Data Sources
  1. Identify and use secondary data sources
  2. Validate the reliability and accuracy of secondary data sources

Domain II. Information Protection: Access, Disclosures, Archival, Privacy & Security
  Subdomain II.A Health Law

  1. n/a
  2. n/a
  3. n/a
  Subdomain II.B Data Privacy, Confidentiality & Security
  1. n/a
  2. n/a
  3. n/a
  Subdomain II.C Release of Information
  1. n/a

Domain III. Informatics, Analytics and Data Use
  Subdomain III.A. Health Information Technologies

  1. Utilize software in the completion of HIM processes
  2. Explain policies and procedures of networks, including intranet and Internet to facilitate clinical and administrative applications
  Subdomain III.B. Information Management Strategic Planning
  1. Explain the process used in the selection and implementation of health information management systems
  2. Utilize health information to support enterprise wide decision support for strategic planning
  Subdomain III.C. Analytics and Decision Support
  1. Explain analytics and decision support
  2. Apply report generation technologies to facilitate decision-making
  Subdomain III.D. Healthcare Statistics
  1. Utilize basic descriptive, institutional, and healthcare statistics
  2. Analyze data to identify trends
  Subdomain III.E. Research Methods
  1. Explain common research methodologies and why they are used in healthcare
  Subdomain III.F. Consumer Informatics
  1. Explain usability and accessibility of health information by patients, including current trends and future challenges
  Subdomain III.G. Health Information Exchange
  1. Explain current trends and future challenges in health information exchange
  Subdomain III.H. Information Integrity and Data Quality
  1. Apply policies and procedures to ensure the accuracy and integrity of health data both internal and external to the health system

Domain IV. Revenue Management
  Subdomain IV.A. Revenue Cycle and Reimbursement

  1. Apply policies and procedures for the use of data required in healthcare reimbursement
  2. Evaluate the revenue cycle management processes

Domain V. Compliance
  Subdomain V.A. Regulatory

  1. n/a
  2. n/a
  3. n/a
  Subdomain V.B. Coding
  1. Analyze current regulations and established guidelines in clinical classification systems
  2. Determine accuracy of computer assisted coding assignment and recommend corrective action
  Subdomain V.C. Fraud Surveillance
  1. Identify potential abuse or fraudulent trends through data analysis
  Subdomain V.D. Clinical Documentation Improvement
  1. Identify discrepancies between supporting documentation and coded data
  2. Develop appropriate physician queries to resolve data and coding discrepancies

Domain VI. Leadership
  Subdomain VI.A. Leadership Roles

  1. n/a
  2. n/a
  3. n/a
  Subdomain VI.B. Change Management
  1. n/a
  Subdomain VI.C. Work Design and Process Improvement
  1. n/a
  2. n/a
  3. n/a
  Subdomain VI.D. Human Resources Management
  1. n/a
  2. n/a
  3. n/a
  Subdomain VI.E. Training and Development
  1. n/a
  2. n/a
  Subdomain VI.F. Strategic and Organizational Management
  1. Summarize a collection methodology for data to guide strategic and organizational management
  2. n/a
  3. n/a
  4. Apply information and data strategies in support of information governance initiatives
  5. Utilize enterprise-wide information assets in support of organizational strategies and objectives.
  Subdomain VI.G. Financial Management
  1. n/a
  2. n/a
  3. n/a
  Subdomain VI.H. Ethics
  1. n/a
  2. n/a
  3. n/a
  4. n/a
  Subdomain VI.I. Project Management
  1. n/a
  Subdomain VI.J. Vendor/Contract Management
  1. n/a
  Subdomain VI.K. Enterprise Information Management
  1. Apply knowledge of database structure and design
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