Introduction to Clinical Informatics
4 credits, Fall Semester
This course provides a detailed overview of clinical informatics for professionals who will work at the interface of clinical care, information technology, and the healthcare system. Students will learn how to analyze, design, implement, and evaluate information and communication technologies found in hospitals, physician offices, and other healthcare settings including the home. Emphasis will be placed on the evolution of the electronic health record and its use to promote patient care that is safe, efficient, effective, timely, patient-centered and equitable. Students will also study implementation failures and unintended consequences of systems. The course will cover the fundamental concepts in clinical informatics such as evidence-based care and clinical workflow analysis. Students will not only study health information systems but have assignments to evaluate some real-life systems at local hospitals. Through case-based analysis, students analyze the life-cycle management of complex clinical computing systems. This course is geared towards physicians seeking postgraduate training.