General Course Information for HTM520: Health Information Exchange

Course: HTM520 - Health Information Exchange
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Course Description:

Health data standards, sources, representation, terminologies, vocabularies and ontologies to support interoperability of information within and between health care organizations. Health information security practices, privacy, confidentiality, and management of patient rights. Clinical data and process modeling for medical decision making. Policy development and documentation for exchange of health information.

Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Analyze the origin, theory, organization and application of common health and medical nomenclatures, classification systems and code sets.
  • Evaluate the data and information requirements of stakeholders in a healthcare ecosystem, including the acquisition, storage, management, distribution and security of health data sets.
  • Apply standards and nomenclature to facilitate care coordination such as Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine--Clinical Terms(SNOMED-CT), International Classification of Disease (ICD), Current Procedural Terminology (CPT), and Health Level Seven(HL7).
  • Evaluate how data may be provided at the point of care to support clinical decision making and evidence-based practice.
  • Apply health data to public health research, clinical quality, process and clinical workflow improvement.
  • Develop health data policies and related documentation.
  • Evaluate HIPAA and other government regulations and analyze the impact of these regulations on health data privacy and security.
Specified Program Learning Outcomes:
  • Communicate effectively with healthcare and information technology professionals and staff working in the healthcare ecosystem.
  • Communicate knowledge of health information systems and technology to stakeholders of the healthcare ecosystem.
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively use clinical and administrative healthcare information and communication systems.
  • Describe the requirements, design usability, product selection and life cycle for the software system that supports the different clinical and administrative healthcare information and communication technologies.
  • Develop and implement policies and technologies to protect data integrity and validity, including information privacy and security policies and procedures.
  • Develop policies and technologies to protect data integrity and validity, including information privacy and security policies and procedures.
  • Evaluate a healthcare organization's processes and systems to ensure compliance with ethical, legal and regulatory mandates and professional standards of health information technology.
  • Evaluate health data management standards, technologies and methods to improve the quality, efficiency, equity and safety of healthcare practice and organization.
  • Evaluate health data management technologies and methods to improve the quality, efficiency, equity and safety of healthcare practice and organization.

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.

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

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.

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.

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