Introduction to Health Informatics 101 Course Catalog

Start at any time! One module is available each month.  Start at any time, the modules do not have to be taken in order!  Take any modules that interest you, or complete the entire series! 

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Module 1: Overview of Health Informatics

This module will introduce participants to organizations and landmark documents that have contributed to the emergence of Health Informatics as an important discipline in improving the quality and safety in patient care. The nature of Health Informatics as a discipline and key roles and competencies of health informatics practitioners will be described.

January 1, 2019
January 31, 2019
Now - Jan 20

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Module 2: Electronic Health Records and Data Standards and Exchange

This module will define Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and Personal Health Records (PHRs) and describe how the use of data standards can facilitate health information exchange. It will also introduce participants to several key topics related to the design and use of EHRs. Participants will learn about the relationship between Data Standards, Clinical Practice Guidelines and Evidence Based Care to Clinical Decision Support Systems.

February 1, 2019
February 28, 2019
Now - Feb 20

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Module 3: Workflow Analysis and Process Redesign

This module will cover the fundamentals of workflow process analysis and system redesign in healthcare. Graphical process representation using flow chart diagrams, as well as methods for acquiring the clinical process knowledge needed for diagramming and analysis, are also addressed. The module will introduce the concepts and principles of human computer interaction and human factors as they relate to performance improvement. Newly Accredited!  Now offering 13 hours upon successful completion for: ACCME, ACCME-NP, ACPE,  ACPE-T, ANCC, APA, NBCC,  ASWB, NYSED-SW

March 1, 2019
March 31, 2019
Now - Mar 20

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Module 4: Usability and Human Factors

This module will provide an introduction to the discipline of human factors with a particular focus on human attention and mental workload. Analysis of human error as well as usability evaluation methods to evaluate the design of the Electronic Health Record and medical devices to prevent user errors and enhance patient safety, are also addressed.  Newly Accredited!  Now offering 12 hours upon successful completion for: ACCME, ACCME-NP, ACPE,  ACPE-T, ANCC, APA, NBCC,  ASWB, NYSED-SW

September 30, 2018
October 30, 2018
Now - Oct 20

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Module 5: Systems Design and Designing for Safety

This module will describe approaches to identification of system requirements and strategies for development of safe and effective systems. The focus is on user-centered design, incorporating typical users early in the design process and doing formative evaluations using realistic testing scenarios. Application of usability principles and heuristics to the design of Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE) systems that can anticipate and avoid errors is also addressed.

November 1, 2018
November 30, 2018
Now - Nov 20

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Module 6: Effective Training

This module will describe approaches in designing effective training strategies for adult learners. The focus is on conducting a needs assessment, creating lesson plans, selecting the appropriate teaching strategy and modality for your audience and evaluating student outcomes.

December 1, 2018
December 31, 2018
Now - Dec 20

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