Health Information Technology
Workforce Training Program
individuals not familiar with health care, this course addresses how
health care and public health are organized and services are delivered;
public policy; relevant organizations and their interrelationships;
professional roles; legal and regulatory issues; payment systems; and
health reform initiatives in the US.
The second module covers the culture of health care; job expectations in health care settings; how care is organized inside a practice setting; privacy laws; and professional and ethical issues encountered in the workplace.
The third module is an explanation of specific terminology used by workers in health care and public health.
For individuals not familiar with information technology, this course provides a basic overview of computer architecture; data organization, representation and structure; structure of programming languages; networking and data communication; and basic terminology of computing.
course develops “team players” by understanding roles, the importance of
participant reliability, communication, and group cohesion.
The second module addresses principles of leadership and management in relation to effective teams with an emphasis on modes and styles best suited to Health IT deployment.
course traces the development of IT systems in health care and public
health, beginning with the experiments of the 1950s and 1960s,
culminating in the HITECH Act, and introducing the concept of meaningful
The second module is specific to health care and public health applications, introducing Health IT standards, health-related data structures, software applications, and enterprise architecture for health organizations.
The third module provides an overview of the most popular vendor systems highlighting the features of each as they would relate to practical deployments, and noting differences between the systems.
course individuals will experience working with a simulated system
playing the role of practitioner. Exercises will address what is
happening “under the hood”; threats to security and the need for
standards; high levels of usability; and how errors can occur.
The second module covers approaches to assessing, selecting, and configuring EHRs to meet the specific needs of customers and end-users.
Tech Info – This class will utilize the VistA CPRS (Computerized Patient Record System). A copy of the program will be provided to you via a DVD to load onto your personal computer. In order for the VistA CPRS to install and run properly on the PC, the PC must have 5 gigabytes of available space on the hard drive. The VistA CPRS will run on Windows 2000, XP Pro, Vista, or 7. The VistA CPRS has been reported to run smoothly on XP Home as long as it is not used in a networked environment. Students are advised however that XP Home is not a supported operating system for the VistA CPRS.
course addresses the fundamentals of health workflow process analysis
and redesign as a necessary component of complete practice automation;
includes topics of process validation and change management.
The second module covers the use of project management tools and techniques that result in the ability to create and follow a Health IT deployment plan.
course covers rapid prototyping; user-centered design and evaluation;
usability; understanding effects of new technology and workflow on
downstream processes; and facilitation of a unit-wide focus group and/or
The second module introduces the concepts of Health IT and practice workflow redesign as instruments of quality improvement; establishing a culture that supports increased quality and safety; and approaches to assessing patient safety issues and implementing quality management and reporting through electronic systems.
course provides instruction in installation and maintenance of Health IT
systems, including testing prior to implementation and principles
underlying system configuration.
The second module covers in-depth analysis of data mobility including the hardware infrastructure (wires, wireless, and devices supporting them), the ISO stack, standards, Internet protocol, federations and grids, the NHIN and other nationwide approaches.
This course develops “support professionals” by addressing the skills necessary to communicate effectively across the full range of roles encountered in health care and public health settings; understanding their needs; and developing training techniques and strategies for the end-users.
Funded by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, US Department of
Health and Human Services. ARRA Grant #90CC07701