AM/HIMS 650 is a survey course that provides an overview of health information technology (HIT) and systems as applied to the healthcare industry. The role HIT plays in improving an organization’s performance and competitive position is discussed along with the challenges, opportunities and trends that are influencing the delivery of healthcare. Raising healthcare costs along with concerns for patient safety have resulted in healthcare reform initiatives that support the implementation of electronic health records, health information exchanges and a nationwide health information network. These initiatives will be discussed along with the principles, concepts, and managerial issues that support the planning, implementation and evaluation of clinical, administrative, and financial HIT applications that are patient-centered, efficient and safe. The health professional’s role as an end user and/or knowledge worker will be emphasized.
The class will be structured (roughly) by first introducing a new healthcare technology concept, then introducing a step in the technology life cycle process in that context.
Note: This is an exciting time to be in healthcare as history is being made in regard to healthcare reform. As a result the course will be somewhat dynamic with readings and assignments changing as issues unfold.