Health Informatics

Where health and information
technology intersect.

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Courses

With the change-over to the Mosaic enrolment system, course numbers have changed but course titles and content have not.

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HTH 101 Health Information Management I (3 Units)

The course covers fundamental theories and principles of health information management including data types, data acquisition, data standards, data quality and data uses and users. Learners will develop an appreciation of how data is collected, processed and used in healthcare settings and the role that data plays in decision-making (including an understanding of the complexities involved in transforming data into information and knowledge). The course will introduce learners to the roles and responsibilities of the HIM professional in the storage, use, retention and destruction of health records in both paper and electronic record systems and the central role of health information management in quality assurance and performance improvement, planning and management of resources, risk management, research and education.

Prerequisite: Canadian Health Care System + Biomedical Sciences

HTH 102 Health Information Management II (3 Units)

Improvements and increased efficiencies in the health care system depend upon the collection and coding and classification of health data. Once captured in a standard format, health data can be used to support management, planning and delivery of health services, research and education. The principles of data quality and the ICD-10-CA classification system, the current standard within Canadian hospitals and health facilities, will be examined and applied.

Prerequisite: Health Information Management I + Biomedical Sciences

HTH 103 Professionalism, Ethics & Professional Standards (3 Units)

This course will present the professional, ethical and legal standards expected of the Health Information Manager and Health Informatics professional. Learners will understand the guidelines and codes of conduct established by the professional associations for each field (CHIMA, COACH).A review of provincial, national and international HIM and HI organizations and their professional standards and code of ethics will be conducted to demonstrate the inter-related nature of the professional expectations for Health Information Managers and Health Informaticians. Course activities will encourage learners to investigate the parameters of their legal and ethical duties as HIM and HI professionals, as they work collaboratively, to understand the importance of ethics and professional standards for the protection of personal health information.

HTH 104 Privacy, Confidentiality & Security (3 Units)

This course will examine the "concepts, principles and applications of the rights and obligations related to individual access, privacy and confidentiality of personal health information" (CHIMA, 2010, 21). This examination will involve health information data and records in both paper and electronic formats. The course will review legal regulations and legislations currently in place for the collection, use, storing and sharing of personal health information. Learners will study privacy requirements, responsibilities and risks associated with the life cycle of personal health information as Health Information Managers, Health Informaticians, and members of a health care organization. Various legal, ethical and professional standards as they relate to privacy and access will be presented, discussed and critically analyzed from the perspective of the consumer, organization and Health Information professional.

HTH 105 Information Systems & Technology (3 Units)

This course is designed to develop the learner's 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. Learners 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.

Prerequisite: Health Information Management I + Health Information Management II

HTH 109 Systems Analysis & Evaluation (3 Units)

This course will present the technical foundations required for effective systems analysis design and implementation. The course will build on technical foundations by incorporating project management elements and managerial strategies, for the professional involved in various stages of system design, analysis and evaluation. Learners will explore traditional (structured) and object-oriented (OO) approaches to systems analysis and design, and will apply the knowledge and skills to case studies and applications for the field of health informatics.

HTH 110 Health Informatics Data Analysis (3 Units)

The focus of this course involves the study of health data retrieval, analysis and presentation by the Health Informatics professional. Learners will critically examine the role of the Health Informatician to develop, maintain, and retrieve critical data from the information systems commonly found in health care. Issues of the presentation of data, quality assurance, and research will be explored as the Health Informatics professional contributes to, and aids in the facilitation of, the decision-making process.

HTH 111 Project Management for the Health Sector (3 Units)

This course will focus on the key components of effective project management, as applied to the work environment of the Health Informatics and IT professional. Learners will learn the fundamentals of project management, including project life cycle, stakeholder engagement, initiating a project, and planning, executing, and closing a project. These project management essentials will be explored further as learners apply the project life cycle within the context of IT as issues of outsourcing, quality standards, cost and risk management will be discussed. Course activities will provide the opportunity for Health Informatics professionals to learn, analyze and apply project management principles to their professional field.

 

 HTH 121 Health Data Standards and Classifications (3 Units)

Improvements and increased efficiencies in the health care system depend upon the collection and coding and classification of health data. Once captured in a standard format, health data can be used to support management, planning and delivery of health services, research and education. The principles of data quality and the ICD-10-CA classification system, the current standard within Canadian hospitals and health facilities, will be discussed and examined. 
Pre-requisite: Health Information Management I, Foundations of Health Informatics 

 

HTH 122 Quality and Performance Evaluation (3 units)

This course will explore how the principles and practices of health informatics is an integral component of the healthcare system’s quality improvement and performance management. An examination of tools and methodologies will be presented in terms of how to use health technologies to meet organizational goals.
Prerequisites: Health Data Standards & Classifications, Health Informatics Data Analysis

HTH 114 Health Informatics Practical Experience (3 units)

This elective course is designed to integrate the theory learned in the Health Informatics program with practical experience in a hospital, healthcare, software or IT agency. Students have the opportunity to observe and practice a wide range of skills outlined in the academic courses, thereby facilitating a transfer directly to the workplace. The Association for Canadian Health Informatics (COACH) has an established set of competencies for health informatics professionals, and these should serve a guide for students as they develop their practical experience learning objectives. These learning objectives will be developed in conjunction with the agency supervisor and course instructor, and these learning objectives will be recorded on a learning plan.
Prerequisites: Completion of 8 core courses + Permission of Program Manager