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General Course Information for HTM 310: Health Informatics

Course: HTM 310 - Health Informatics
Textbook: For the correct edition of the textbook assigned to a specific class, go to: http://www.nutextdirect.com

Course Description: Innovative and best practice technology applications to support human health by individuals, professionals, care delivery organizations, and communities. Internet-based health resources, smart phone/mHealth applications, telehealth, and health-related social networks. Systems, standards, and policies to connect people and technologies securely across healthcare ecosystems.
Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Describe health technology applications used directly by individuals, patients and families
  • Identify Internet resources useful to health care consumers and professionals
  • Compare mobile/smart phone/tablet applications and the implications for improving human health
  • Discuss the integration and assimilation of technology into the health professional's daily life
  • Compare knowledge-based systems such as those used by physicians, nurses, and the health care team for decision-support, resource allocation, and communications
  • Define terminology and standards for health information systems and technologies
  • Discuss digital applications that support healthcare organizations such as lab systems, electronic prescribing and medication safety, digital medical imaging, and support of planning/documenting patient care
  • Use a virtual electronic health record (EHR) and communication system to access and process simulated health information
  • Describe administrative applications and policies commonly used in healthcare delivery
  • Discuss information systems and technologies used to support community health
Specified Program Learning Outcomes:
  • BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING (B.S.N.) RN COMPLETION (California)
    • Demonstrate professional identity by incorporating established standards of practice within the legal and ethical framework of nursing.
    • Effectively communicate and collaborate with patients and the interdisciplinary team.
    • Participate in the continuous improvement of nursing care quality and safety.
    • Provide safe, high quality, culturally competent, patient-centered nursing care for individuals across the life span in a variety of settings.
    • Use nursing judgment to manage, prioritize, and delegate patient care in a variety of health care settings.
  • MAJOR IN HEALTHCARE ADMINISTRATION
    • Analyze quantitative and qualitative healthcare data and information for effective decision-making;
    • Describe the determinants and measurements of health and disease in the population and the responsibilities of healthcare organizations to individual consumers and the community;
    • Explain the legal and ethical principles and responsibilities of healthcare organizations to individual patient and community healthcare needs;
    • Solve problems and improve performance in healthcare organizations using principles of accounting, law, financial analysis, human resources management, operations analysis, management information systems analysis, strategic planning, and marketing;
  • MAJOR IN PUBLIC HEALTH
    • Describe behavioral and non-behavioral variables contributing to morbidity and mortality.
    • Employ a variety of strategies to plan, implement, monitor and evaluate health promotion programs in a variety of settings to meet stated goals, objectives and established standards.

Students with Disabilities:
Students seeking special accommodations due to a disability must submit an application with supporting documentation, as explained under this subject heading in the General Catalog. Instructors are required to provide such accommodations if they receive written notification from the University.

Writing Across the Curriculum:
Students are expected to demonstrate writing skills in describing, analyzing and evaluating ideas and experiences. Written reports and research papers must follow specific standards regarding citations of an author's work within the text and references at the end of the paper. Students are encouraged to use the services of the University's Writing Center when preparing materials.

The following website provides information on APA, MLA, and other writing and citation styles that may be required for term papers and the like: http://nu.libguides.com/citations

National University Library:
National University Library supports academic rigor and student academic success by providing access to scholarly books and journals both electronically and in hard copy. Print materials may be accessed at the Library in San Diego or through document delivery for online and regional students. Librarians are available to provide training, reference assistance, and mentoring at the San Diego Library and virtually for online or regional students. Please take advantage of Library resources:

URL: http://www.nu.edu/library.

Contact the Library:

  • RefDesk@nu.edu
  • (858) 541-7900 (direct line)
  • 1-866-NU ACCESS x7900 (toll free)

Use the Library Training Tools (on the Library Homepage) for additional help

  • Recorded class presentations
  • Tutorials & Guides (APA/MLA, Peer-Review, and more)

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else's ideas or work as one's own. Students must give credit for any information that is not either the result of original research or common knowledge. If a student borrows ideas or information from another author, he/she must acknowledge the author in the body of the text and on the reference page. Students found plagiarizing are subject to the penalties outlined in the Policies and Procedures section of the University Catalog, which may include a failing grade for the work in question or for the entire course. The following is one of many websites that provide helpful information concerning plagiarism for both students and faculty: http://www.indiana.edu/~wts/pamphlets/plagiarism.shtml

Ethics:
Ethical behavior in the classroom is required of every student. The course will identify ethical policies and practices relevant to course topics.

Technology:
Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.

Diversity:
Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.

Civility:
As a diverse community of learners, students must strive to work together in a setting of civility, tolerance, and respect for each other and for the instructor. Rules of classroom behavior (which apply to online as well as onsite courses) include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conflicting opinions among members of a class are to be respected and responded to in a professional manner.
  • Side conversations or other distracting behaviors are not to be engaged in during lectures, class discussions or presentations
  • There are to be no offensive comments, language, or gestures