This course will introduce you to the managerial information systems in the U.S. health care field and is expected that you use this course as an opportunity to further your professional development. Throughout the semester, you will learn concepts associated with the application of information systems in health care management as well as hands on experience on how the use of an EHR impact health care delivery and the practice of health care managers.
You will learn by attending lectures, writing assignments, completing EHR oriented computer lab exercises, and completing online examinations. For computer lab exercises, each student will receive an activation code from the professor for 16 weeks of subscription to access EHR Go. They offer both traditional medicine-focused (target users: physicians) and informatics-focused (target users: practice managers which is aligned with this course objectives) platforms. Course specific learning outcomes and justifications for computer exercises are provided below. Carefully review the course syllabus that is posted on Blackboard for more information about the class.
|Course Specific Learning Outcomes
|Justifications for Computer Lab Exercises
|Understand how information systems can improve health care
|Having access to an EHR account will allow the student design and create a relational and flat file data bases.
Demonstrate the ability to effectively interact with software commonly used in health care including:
Electronic health records, billing and coding functions, practice management tools and personal health records
|Through a hands-on approach, students will have the opportunity to know the EHR data (both front end and back end), download, perform a data analysis, and most importantly, for writing effective and strategic reports focused on datasets and trends depending on the audience (e.g., funders, community stakeholders, policy leaders). This approach would allow the student enter data into relational data systems, generate a fictional personal health record, and demonstrate systems capacity (for tracking and monitoring patient flow, clinical coordination and management, and administrative support).
|Summarize and effectively communicate the legal requirements and policy priorities governing the use of medical information systems.
|Simulated EHR offers real-time patient-centered records that would allow faculty to teach students in the best practices for managing patient records. With simulated EHR, both faculty and students can navigate evidence-based tools, encouraging students to see the holistic nature of healthcare while becoming proficient in the technology.
|Develop basic competencies in the use of ICD10 and CPT coding platforms.
|Hands-on approach will allow the student to understand the basics for generating ICD-10 codes for health conditions and CPT codes for procedures. By integrating computer exercises as part of the course curriculum, students will learn how to generate a claim for billing purposes as well as coding for evaluation and management services.
When to Use Open Lab and Blackboard
Asynchronous (self-directed) learning through Blackboard and Open Lab
The format of this course includes asynchronous activities, whereby students engage in self-directed learning each week. You will find these activities under this website’s “Readings and Assignments” tab. Concepts covered through asynchronous activities will be included in written assignments and the online exams. Therefore, it is important that you devote adequate time to learning about these areas. A pre-recorded lecture will be distributed on Blackboard every week. You are required to watch the lecture and participate in the weekly asynchronous activities in your own time but by the deadline. Your attendance will be recorded after you complete the weekly module within the deadline.
You will find the PowerPoints for each lecture posted on Blackboard, which is also used to submit all assignments including computer lab exercises, papers, and exams.
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