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Health Informatics

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HTH 105 - Health Information Systems and Technology- Fall 2021

Academic Credit Value:
3 units
Course Delivery Mode:
Hours of Study:
36 hours
Course Prerequisite(s):
HTH 101
Course Anti-requisite(s):
Instructor Name:
Dennis Cheung
Course Dates:
11/08/2021 - 01/23/2022

Required Course Materials:
Health Care Information Systems, 4th Edition. Authors: K.A. Wager,F.W. Lee & J.P. Glaser, Jossey-Bass/Wiley Publishers, 2. E-Custom Courseware Reader (Dennis Text), Chapters 3-6, EHRGo System
Optional Course Materials:
Other readings and resources wil be posted in Avenue to Learn
Course Description:

This course plays a central role in the Health Informatics and Health Information Management programs; it provides the critical foundation for you to develop your health information systems knowledge. This course is designed to develop your understanding of the different types of information systems used in the health care sector, and how these systems interact with one another for the safe and secure exchange of personal health information. The course will present the key technology and information system concepts and components used throughout the information life cycle. You will examine the relationships between health information stakeholders in terms of how health records are collected, stored, accessed, shared, maintained, and secured in health information systems.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course, students will:

1.Discuss the relationships between data, information, and information systems in health care.
2. Compare various health information systems, including EHRs, PHRs, EMRs, and EPRs
3. Identify the barriers and facilitators an organization must consider when transitioning to an
4. Apply the principles of the systems development life cycle to the procurement, implementation, evaluation, and maintenance of a health information system.
5. Apply process mapping to determine current and future state workflows in health care environments.
6. Develop use case diagrams.
7. Develop models based on general systems theory, including data models, complex adaptive systems, and data flow diagrams.
8. Develop Entity Relationship Diagrams for database design.
9. Identify components of EHR conceptual architecture.
10. Evaluate systems communication and integration from an information flow perspective
(e.g., portals, messaging, HL7, and XML).
11. Describe the information flow between various health information systems.
12. Discuss hardware, software, and networking concepts and terminologies (e.g., systems design as applied in health care, patient journey modelling, data modelling, etc.).
13. Evaluate administrative, technical, and physical control methods for the security of PHI, including policy, procedures, standards, guidelines, and audits.

Course Evaluation

The final grade is calculated based on the following components:

  • HIS Assignment – 7.5%

  • EHR Blueprint Quiz - 7.5%

  • Information Flow Assignment – 15%

  • Individual/Group Project Part 1 – 10%

  • Individual/Group Project Part 2 – 10%

  • Individual/Group Project Part 3 – 20%

  • Individual/Group Project Part 4 – 15%

  • Individual/Group Project Part 5 – 5%

  • ERHGo Activities – 10%

Course Format:

This course is designed to present the fundamental concepts and theories in health informatics and health information management and promotes the application to the workplace and professional practice. Course activities will include instructor presentations, required readings and experiential learning activities (i.e. case studies, group discussions, projects, etc.).

Assignment Submission:
Course assignments are submitted to the appropriate A2L Assignment folder by the specified due date
Late Coursework:
Late assignments will be subject to a 2% per day late penalty (includes weekends and holidays) for up to seven (7) days. After this date, no assignments will be accepted and a grade of zero (0) will be applied.Extensions for course work must be approved by the instructor before the due date (see Academic Regulations below), and will be granted for illness or emergencies only.  All course work must be submitted by the last official date of the course.  Students may be asked to submit supporting documentation for an extension request.  

Requests for late submissions due to technological issues will be considered only with supporting documentation from the Avenue to Learn technical support team.  This information must be provided by the student.

Policy & Procedures:

Academic Regulations (Attendance, Coursework, Tests/Exams):
In accordance to McMaster University’s General Academic Regulations, “it is imperative that students make every effort to meet the originally scheduled course requirements and it is a student’s responsibility to write examinations as scheduled.” Therefore, all students are expected to attend and complete the specific course requirements (i.e. attendance, assignments, and tests/exams) listed in the course outline on or by the date specified. Students who need to arrange for coursework accommodation, as a result of medical, personal or family reasons, must contact the course instructor within 48 hours of the originally scheduled due date. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the Program Manager to discuss accommodations and procedures related to deferred tests and/or examinations within 48 hoursof the originally scheduled test/exam, as per policy. Failure to contact the course instructor, in the case of missed coursework, or the Program Manager, in thecase of a missed test/examination, within the specified 48-hour window will result in a grade of zero (0) on the coursework/exam and no further consideration will be granted.

*Note: Supporting documentation will be required but will not ensure approval of accommodation(s).
Academic Integrity
You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity. Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: “Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty”), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:
Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
Improper collaboration in-group work.
Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.
Academic Accommodations:

Students with disabilities who require academic accommodation must contact Student Accessibility Services(SAS) at 905-525-9140 ext. 28652 or  to make arrangements with a Program Coordinator. For further information, consult McMaster University’s Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities policy.

Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous or Spiritual Observances (RISO)
Students requiring academic accommodation based on religious, indigenous or spiritual observances should follow the procedures set out in the RISO policy. Students will need to contact their instructors as soon as possible to make alternative arrangements for classes, assignments, and other coursework. and tests. It is the student’s responsibility to contact McMaster Continuing Education to discuss accommodations related to examinations. (if applicable)
On-line Elements:
Conduct Expectations:
As a McMaster student, you have the right to experience, and the responsibility to demonstrate, respectful and dignified interactions within all of our living, learning and working communities. These expectations are described in the Code of Student Rights & Responsibilities (the “Code”). All students share the responsibility of maintaining a positive environment for the academic and personal growth of all McMaster community members, whether in-person or online.

It is essential that students be mindful of their interactions online, as the Code remains in effect in virtual learning environments. The Code applies to any interactions that adversely affect, disrupt, or interfere with reasonable participation in University activities. Student disruptions or behaviours that interfere with university functions on online platforms (e.g. use of Avenue 2 Learn, WebEx or Zoom for delivery), will be taken very seriously and will be investigated. Outcomes may include restriction or removal of the involved students’ access to these platforms.

Copyright and Recording:

Students are advised that lectures, demonstrations, performances, and any other course material provided by an instructor include copyright protected works. The Copyright Act and copyright law protect every original literary, dramatic, musical and artistic work, including lectures by University instructors.

The recording of lectures, tutorials, or other methods of instruction may occur during a course. Recording may be done by either the instructor for the purpose of authorized distribution, or by a student for the purpose of personal study. Students who wish to record sessions need to acquire permission from the instructor. Students should be aware that their voice and/or image may be recorded by others during the class. Please speak with the instructor if this is a concern for you.
In this course, we will be using a web-based service ( to reveal plagiarism. Students will be expected to submit their work electronically to and in hard copy so that it can be checked for academic dishonesty. Students who do not wish to submit their work to must still submit a copy to the instructor. No penalty will be assigned to a student who does not submit work to All submitted work is subject to normal verification that standards of academic integrity have been upheld (e.g., on-line search, etc.). To see the Policy, please go to McMaster Academic Integrity Policy.
Course Changes:

The instructor reserves the right to modify elements of the course and will notify students accordingly.

Extreme Circumstances:
The University reserves the right to change the dates and deadlines for any or all courses in extreme circumstances (e.g., severe weather, labour disruptions, etc.). Changes will be communicated through regular McMaster communication channels, such as McMaster Daily News, A2L and/or McMaster email.

Course Withdrawal Policy:
Policies related to dropping a course and course withdrawals are posted to the Centre for Continuing Education’s program webpage, FAQs & Policies (
Grading Scale:


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Course Schedule:


Module Title

Activities Due


Health Care Information

Welcome Discussions


Health Care Information Systems I

HIS Assignment


Health Care Information Systems II

Individual/Group Project Part 1


Systems Analysis and Design I



Systems Analysis and Design II

Individual/Group Project Part 2


Systems Analysis and Design III



EHR Conceptual Architecture

EHR Blueprint Quiz


Health Information Flow

Individual/Group Project Part 3


Information Technology

Information Flow Assignment


Project Completion and submissions

Individual/Group Project Parts 4 and 5