Disease etiology and organ system involvement, including physical signs and symptoms, prognoses, and common complications and their treatment. Topics include fundamental principles of disease and pharmacology. The course is restricted to Health Information Management (HIM) majors.
Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) coding, integrating HCPCS Level II, ICD-10-CM and PCS medical coding procedures at an advanced level. Emphasis is on the application and assignment of procedural codes by specialty and body systems. Subject matter includes common coding terminologies, nomenclatures and classification systems used in healthcare delivery, electronic health records, reporting and management, such as International Classification of Diseases (ICD), Healthcare Common Procedures Coding Systems (HCPCS), Current Procedural Terminology (CPT), Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine Clinical Terms (SNOMED), Procedure Coding System (PCS), and Diagnosis Related Groups (DRG) and Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes (LOINC).
Introduction to origins and evolution of current healthcare delivery systems and organizational structures, healthcare terminology and language structures, common usage, acronyms, and basic uses of information in a variety of healthcare settings. Topics also include introduction to levels of information users and information needs within a variety of healthcare organizations.
Coding principles and practices on the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM). Topics include historical development of the ICD classification system, coding of diagnosis records from a variety of medical specialties and use of official coding code lines.
Management, communication, and problem-solving, as they relate to human resources, quality assurance, finance, budgeting and reimbursement in a healthcare setting.
Introduction to healthcare information systems to include management and administration information systems, clinical information systems, business information systems, decision support, critical care applications, information systems in education, and emergent system applications. Particular emphasis is placed on automation required for the emerging "paperless" environment and computer-based records.
Data, knowledge, and information structures, terminological control, index language functions, regulatory determinants of data collected/stored (ex. JCAHO/HIPPA, etc.), including study of language development in healthcare systems evolution.
Quality improvement strategies to improve efficiency and effectiveness in healthcare information systems and processes including Six Sigma, DMAIC, process maps, pareto charts, control charts, root cause analysis, and cause and effect diagrams. Quality improvement theoretical frameworks such as Donobedian's structure, process and outcome theory, and Chassin's overuse, misuse and underuse theories are applied. Quality improvement in the context of leadership, person-centered, family-centered care, cost, value, and improvement capability is demonstrated through the completion of the Institute of Healthcare Improvement's standard modules.
Selected ethical issues, confidentiality, preservation and conservation of sensitive data, data maintenance and integrity preservation.
Network configurations and functions including the latest developments and applications in electronic health records (EHR) and the implementation of the EHR in the healthcare industry.
Issues in information management as they relate to the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium's 10 security domains. The role of the security domains in the context of design, implementation, and maintenance of systems to include the legal and ethical aspects of privacy and security. Case studies covering these roles are included.
Current and future trends in health information systems (HIS) and health information technology (HIT) and their impact on public policy, career success in HIS management, health informatics, data analytics, public policy and public health research.
Fundamentals of financial management and accounting concepts in the healthcare environment with specific application to the health informatics or health information management professional's everyday roles and responsibilities. Topics include revenue management, cost management, variance management, and contracting.
Database formats and structures, query techniques, document classification, managing large data collections, statistical applications in data management. Emphasis is placed on the discovery of methods to capture data as an important institutional resource through efficient management of databases and data repositories, and on the importance of data collections that provide accurate outcome assessment.
Study reflective of current issues/topics related to the field of healthcare information management. Topics might include (but are not limited to) emergent technology in healthcare settings such as user interface design, expert system evolution, virtual environments, soft computing/fuzzy logic applications, artificial intelligence. Topics chosen for study in a given semester will be determined by the state of the science at the time of the offering.
Supervised professional practice involving information management in a healthcare organization.
Capstone experience integrating knowledge of health information systems, health information management, and health informatics (the combination of health and information technology) and investing current innovations in these technologies in a healthcare setting with emphasis on research, written, and oral presentations.