This course provides a detailed study of the impact of computer applications on HIM services and on healthcare information services. In addition, students explore the growth and development of the electronic health record and the field of health informatics. Emphases on the HIM applications include: release of information; use of encoders and groupers; cancer registry; chart locator system; chart deficiency system; and transcription system. The conceptual models and functionality of the electronic health record in the current healthcare environment are defined. The student analyzes the technical components of the electronic health record including: laboratory and pharmacy information systems, picture archiving and communication systems, order sets, clinical protocols, provider order entry, medication administration record, point-of-care charting, and clinical decision support systems. The benefits and barriers of implementing the electronic health record are discussed. Other topics include Admission, Discharge, and Transfer (ADT) system, financial information systems, Master Patient Index, systems development life cycle, data quality integrity and security, document imaging, and maintenance and monitoring of data storage systems.
Prereq: HIT100; HIT135; HIT140.