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Health Information Management

5001. Information Systems: Documentation, Ethical and Legal Aspects   (3 s.h.)

This course introduces students to health information management, based on the essential body of knowledge, including the major components of the healthcare delivery system, documentation systems in acute care and specialty sites, and medicolegal and ethical aspects of information systems.

5002. Clinical Information Systems: Coding, Quality and Reimbursement   (3 s.h.)

This course introduces students to clinical information systems, including a common body of knowledge essential to the foundation of electronic health record systems (EHRS). It covers components of coding and healthcare financial management, including the physician fee schedule and charge master. Clinical data management is reviewed, including coding functions in healthcare organizations; uniform data sets; evaluation of coding and quality assurance of data; DRGs and other case mix systems; and registries and specialized databases. The course also provides an overview of the language of medicine, i.e., medical terminology.

5003. Management Systems in Healthcare   (3 s.h.)

This course examines functions and processes that support the human resource management of the information system, such as productivity, work measurement, policies and procedures, job descriptions, budgeting, and the implications of these systems within the context of electronic health record systems (EHRS).

5004. Introduction to Healthcare Delivery   (3 s.h.)

In this course, the healthcare delivery system is studied, with a focus on issues related to access, cost, and quality. System components are examined, including important values and beliefs; the historical development of the healthcare system and the current status; health services financing; the role of healthcare professionals; the use of technology; outpatient, primary care, inpatient, managed care, long-term care, and integrated services; issues for special populations; the process and purpose of health policy; and future options for the delivery system.

8001. Information Technology for Electronic Health Record Systems   (3 s.h.)

Prerequisite:  HIM 5001, HIM 5002, and HIM 5003 or approval of department.

This course provides an introduction to the development of electronic health record systems (EHRS). It recognizes that the management of electronic health records is increasingly important as a result of national healthcare policy, increased regulatory and external factors, the need for access management, and the increased demand for integration and the availability of health information. The course also considers the various types of health information systems that exist in organizations and serve as feeders to clinical repositories.

8011. Healthcare Reimbursement Systems   (3 s.h.)

Prerequisite:  HIM 8001.

This course covers healthcare reimbursement systems. Students examine complex financial systems and explore the principles of reimbursement as they apply to various types of healthcare settings. With reimbursement and reporting requirements as the focus, the course familiarizes students with topics such as fraud and abuse, revenue cycle management, charge master, quality, and safety-related reimbursement incentive models.

8027. Electronic Health Record: Ethical, Legal and Advocacy Aspects   (3 s.h.)

Prerequisite:  HIM 8001.

This course focuses on privacy and confidentiality and current legislative and health policy issues for electronic health record systems (EHRS).  Ethical issues related to EHRS and advocacy of patients' and consumers' needs are explored.

8028. Health Data Standards   (3 s.h.)

Prerequisite:  HIM 8001.

This course provides a foundation in healthcare standardization related to privacy, security, clinical vocabularies, data messaging, architectural framework, data content, and the meaningful use of electronic health record systems (EHRS). The course also explores the role of healthcare standards in health information exchange, patient care, research, and the practice of evidence-based medicine. National and international standards and development efforts are also discussed.

8029. Graduate Seminar   (3 s.h.)

Prerequisite:  HIM 8001, HIM 8011, HIM 8027, HIM 8028, HIM 9189, and approval of department.

In this capstone seminar, students discuss current and emerging issues related to the electronic health record (EHR). This course examines a set of information systems that specifically support managerial decision makers, such as Decision Support, Executive Information Systems, Data Warehouses, Expert Systems, and Neural Networks. Content includes the development, implementation, and application of these systems, as well as how these systems can be applied for the EHR. Students gain practical knowledge of healthcare decision support and data mining systems.  An overview of research is also be explored, including interpretation of research articles.

9189. Applied Project Field Study   (3 s.h.)

Prerequisite:  HIM 8001, HIM 8011, HIM 8027, HIM 8028, and approval of department.

This course serves as the Capstone Project for the Master of Science in Health Informatics. Students develop a project that relates to the design, development, and implementation of an electronic health record (EHR). Students may also work on projects related to the widespread adoption of the EHR, such as HIE. Students may choose to work at their employer site on a project or within an administrative, clinical, or research group. Projects are hand-tailored to the skill sets and interests of students.


Updated 4.8.11