This course explores various applications of informatics as well as current trends for health care delivery across a variety of settings. Students will analyze and evaluate information systems and patient care technology, as well as the impact on the delivery of care in all practice settings. Advanced clinical applications of technology will be emphasized with various populations including those in clinical settings, aggregate populations at risk and the community as a whole. Students will explore utilization of technology applicable to advanced practice such as: guiding evidenced-based practice, providing patient education, promoting health and wellness, improving clinical workflow, and administrative applications. The advanced role related to information systems will be examined, including working with interdisciplinary groups to select and maintain nursing information systems and serving as a credible resource for legal and ethical situations related to information technology.
For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.
This course is a required part of the DNP curriculum. Accreditation standards require the student to be versed in current healthcare technology. This course helps prepare the student for the advanced practice role, which includes decision-making with regard to healthcare technologies.
Measurable Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Describe various reimbursement models to deliver quality patient care utilizing resources effectively. (DNP Essentials IV, V; NONPF Technology 1 & 4, Health Delivery System 1, 5, & 6; PLO 2)
- Apply informatics to direct patient care, community/population health, and patient education. (DNP Essentials IV, VII; NONPF Technology 1-5; Health Delivery Systems 4-7; PLO 3 & 4)
- Analyze delivery formats utilizing informatics applications such as the electronic health record, tele-health, and medical coding systems. (DNP Essentials IV; NONPF Technology 1-5, Health Delivery Systems 4-6; PLO 4)
- Select pertinent information systems and technology to support clinical decision making and improve patient outcomes. (DNP Essentials II, IV; NONPF Technology 1-5, Health Delivery System 1-7, Leadership 1-5; PLO 1-6)
- Apply principles of quality improvement and patient safety measures to various populations. (DNP Essentials II, VII; NONPF Quality 1-5; PLO 2)
- Analyze ethical/legal issues related to changing reimbursement models and technology in healthcare from a Christian worldview. (DNP Essentials V; NONPF Technology 2, 4, Policy 1-3, Ethics 1-3; PLO 7)
Textbook readings and presentations
Course Requirements Checklist
After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module 1: Week 1.
Discussions 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 comprehensive, demonstrate course-related knowledge, and be written at the graduate level. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. (MLO A, E)
Article Summary Assignments (2)
The student will be required to analyze articles related to clinical decision support systems and mobile health. The article summary must thoroughly address how the article relates to the chosen topic and relevant to the role of the DNP. The article summaries must be in APA format. (MLO B, C, D)
Informatics Technology Project
The student will complete a formal paper addressing implementation of a technology project suitable to his/her workplace/practice. (MLO A-F)
The student will choose an informatics technology related to his/her practice relevant for a DNP student grounded in evidence based practice. The informatics technology introduction assignment will introduce the technology and identify how the technology will improve practice, patient care delivery and outcomes. The student will submit a 5 – 7 page paper in current APA format, excluding the title and reference pages and include a minimum of 5 scholarly resources published within the last 5 years.
Workflow design Assignment
The student will create a detailed workflow design for the evidence based practice informatics technology being developed for his/her organization. The informatics technology workflow design will include a workflow analysis and a visual representation of the workflow framework/mapping. The student will submit a 5 – 7 page paper in current APA format, excluding the title and reference pages and include a minimum of 5 scholarly resources published within the last 5 years.
The student lay out a comprehensive evaluation plan. This plan should include EBP support along with changes of policy, procedure and/or protocol based on the informatics technology project. Laws governing protection, security, and reimbursement must be addressed. Part 3 must be 5 – 7 pages in current APA format, excluding the title and reference pages and include a minimum of 5 scholarly resources published within the last 5 years.
Presentation Peer Review Assignment
This is a two-part assignment coupled with a Video Discussion element. The student will create a presentation describing the informatics technology project grounded in evidence based practice. This presentation will need to be delivered via a method that incorporates both audio and visual components. Examples include but are not limited to Power Point with voice over, a Kaltura video, You tube video, Jing, etc. The presentation must be 10 slides (not including the title and reference slides), and must not exceed 15 minutes. A minimum of 5 scholarly resources published within the last 5 years in current APA format are required. This assignment is required to be uploaded to your portfolio in Typhon as part of professional works and projects.