Course Objectives

  1. Use various controlled medical terminology systems for health IT applications using formal criteria.
  2. Describe key strategies for software/technology design that results in improved usability.
  3. Describe key strategies for organizational change and leadership.
  4. Discuss current federal initiatives relevant to clinical and public health informatics, regarding health IT use and dissemination.
  5. Assume a leadership role in the implementation of health IT in professional and organizational life.
  6. Create an innovative, health informatics application or research project in a time-limited environment.
  7. Present the motivation, hypothesis, methods, and results of a health informatics application or research project to colleagues.

Course Outline

Module 1: Domains of Informatics Team Instructor Dates
Unit 1: Overview, History, and Milestones in Medical and Nursing Informatics 1.1  Evolution of the field
1.2  Major historical applications in the field
1.3  Perennial challenges
1.4  Professional organizations & certification
1.5  Current topics
Unit 2:  Public Health Informatics and Consumer Health Informatics 2.1  Evolution of the field
2.2  Major historical applications in the field
2.3  Perennial challenges
2.4  Professional organizations & certification
2.5  Current topics
Unit 3: Translational Bioinformatics 3.1  Evolution of the field
3.2  Major historical applications in the field
3.3  Perennial challenges
3.4  Professional organizations & certification
3.5  Current topics
25 question quiz at end of Module I Test will be available
Module Two: Impact of HIT Instructor Dates
Unit 4: Overview of Federal and state initiatives for Health Information Technology and Health Information Exchange
4.1 Purpose and definition of HIT/HIE
4.2 Examples-EHR's, PHR's, Biosurveillance Systems and Registries
4.3 Benefits and Return on Investment
4.4 Federal Initiatives: HISPC, NHIN, CCHIT, HIPAA, MMA, ARRA
4.5 Private initiatives: IHE, AMIA/AHIMA, IOM
4.6 Health Information Standards: ISO, ANSI-HITSP, HL7, etc.
4.7 Terminologies: SNOMED CT, LOINC, IDC-10 CM, etc.
Unit 5:  Privacy and Security 5.1 Security and Privacy definitions
5.2 Impact of HIPAA
5.3 Categories of protective safeguards
5.4 Information security policy development
5.5 IT security services lifecycle
5.6 Security considerations for developing software
5.7 Roles of information security professionals
Unit 6: Using Health Data 6.1 Data and database management
6.2 Searching health data
6.3 Health data analytics
6.4 Secondary uses of health data
6.5 Tools to collect and manage health data
25 question quiz at end of Module II Test will be available
Module Three:  Applications of Health Informatics Instructor Dates
Unit 7:  Guideline Development, Assessment and Deployment 7.1 Creating an answerable question
7.2 Finding current evidence
7.3 Grading evidence
7.4 Assessing the "implementability" of evidence and guidelines in electronic systems
7.5 Cultural issues in guideline development and deployment
7.6 The guideline life-cycle
AMIA Annual Meeting
(Washington DC)
Face to Face Meeting

Teams Present Course Projects at 2012 AMIA

Unit 8: Clinical Rules and Decision Support 8.1 Alerts and reminders
8.2  Diagnostic assistance
8.3  Therapeutic planning
8.4  Critique pharmaco-therapeutic decision support rule-based systems
8.5  Methods of inference
8.6  Decision support
Unit 9: Medical Devices 9.1  Overview of medical devices
9.2  Medical device design and medical errors
9.3  Human factors and medical device design 
9.4  Patient safety and purchasing medical device
Module Four: Implementation of Informatics Projects and Programs Instructor Dates
Unit 10: Human Factors 10.1  Provide an overview of human factors
10.2  Discuss the use of human factors principles to understand medical errors and improve patient safety
10.3  Provide an overview of  medical error/patient safety taxonomies
10.4  Discuss reporting of medical errors and the identification of  implicit and explicit human factors described in a medical error reports
10.5  Demonstrate how the use of medical error taxonomy
Unit 11: Training, Implementation, Organizational Change, and Unintended Consequences             11.1  System development lifecycle
11.2  Information system implementation strategies
11.3  Complexity and organizational change
11.4  Unintended consequences of health information technology
25 question quiz at end of Module IV
(includes modules 3 & 4)
Test will be available
Last modified: Jul 31, 2013