Health Informatics – INFO 505

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

Focused on the foundations of healthcare informatics, students will gain an overview of the information, resources, and technologies in healthcare. Topics include but are not limited to healthcare information systems infrastructure, enterprise architecture, applications, data management, information security, telehealth, project management, and emerging technologies. Students will examine major theories supporting healthcare informatics, understand its application in supporting decision-making, and recognize its importance in the provision of effective and efficient healthcare.

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

Health informatics, an evolving field, utilizes information technology to collect, store, process, and communicate data and knowledge related to the delivery and support of health care. A diverse discipline, health informatics incorporates processes, procedures, theories, and concepts from computer and information sciences, health sciences, and the social sciences. The ultimate goal of health informatics is to provide efficient and effective access, retrieval, and support in managing healthcare information while improving the overall health status of all.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Integrate biblical principles within the context of health informatics.
  2. Appraise the importance of health informatics.
  3. Examine the primary theories of health informatics as applied to best practices, policies, and regulations.
  4. Evaluate the appropriate roles of information systems in healthcare.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (4)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 600 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 450 words. Each thread and reply must include at least 1 biblical integration and 2 peer-reviewed source citations in current APA format in addition to the textbooks.

Case Study Discussion Board Forums (4)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. For this discussion board, all prompts will deal with real-life applications of health informatics. Each thread must be at least 600 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 450 words. Each thread and reply must include at least 1 biblical integration and 2 peer-reviewed source citations in current APA format in addition to the textbooks.

Research Project

Annotated Bibliography

The student will be placed into a group for the collaborative Research Project. The Annotated Bibliography requires each student in his/her group to research 20 scholarly articles from peer-reviewed journals to establish research for the final document. The student will use the provided template to annotate each source. Current APA formatting must be present. One member of the group will submit the final version of the Annotated Bibliography. The student is required to read all instructor feedback and implement it on future assignments.

Peer Evaluations (4)

After each part of the collaborative Research Project, the student will evaluate the contributions of each of his/her group members using the Peer Evaluation Form. The student will also be evaluated by his/her fellow group members. The resulting scores will be used to provide a final Peer Evaluation score for each part of the Research Project. All Peer Evaluation scores will be awarded provisionally.

Outline

In his/her group, the student will complete a full sentence outline in preparation for the final document of the Research Project. The Outline will include a thesis statement, the research question(s)/issue(s) being answered/addressed, how much space will be allotted to each section of the paper, and a preliminary reference list of at least 20 sources. One member of the group will submit the final version of the Outline. The student is required to read all instructor feedback and implement it on future assignments.

Draft

The student will be responsible for constructing and reviewing the draft document in his/her group. The student will work collaboratively on a 20–25-page paper in current APA format, complying with the formatting and content instructions. The topic of the paper will be selected by the group and approved by the instructor. Each student will contribute weekly to the group’s discussion in the Research Project Group Discussion Board Forum about this paper. One member of the group will submit the Draft.

Final Document

The student will be responsible for constructing and reviewing the final document in his/her group. The student will work collaboratively on a 20–25-page paper in current APA format. The topic of the paper will be selected by the group and approved by the instructor. Each student will contribute weekly to the group’s discussion in the Research Project Group Discussion Board Forum about this paper. One member of the group will submit the Final Document.

Quizzes (8)

The student will complete 8 open-book/open-note quizzes containing multiple-choice and true/false questions. The student will have 1 hour to complete each quiz.