Health Information Management

Managing the evolution of health delivery.

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Course Descriptions

HTH 101 Health Information Management I (3 Units)

The course covers fundamental theories and principles of health information management including data types, data acquisition, data standards, data quality and data uses and users. Learners will develop an appreciation of how data is collected, processed and used in healthcare settings and the role that data plays in decision-making (including an understanding of the complexities involved in transforming data into information and knowledge). The course will introduce learners to the roles and responsibilities of the HIM professional in the storage, use, retention and destruction of health records in both paper and electronic record systems and the central role of health information management in quality assurance and performance improvement, planning and management of resources, risk management, research and education.

Prerequisite: Admission to the program
Instructors: Andrew Quayle

HTH 102 Health Information Management II: Coding & Classification Standards (3 Units)

Improvements and increased efficiencies in the health care system depend upon the collection and coding and classification of health data. Once captured in a standard format, health data can be used to support management, planning and delivery of health services, research and education. The principles of data quality and the ICD-10-CA classification system, the current standard within Canadian hospitals and health facilities, will be examined and applied.

Prerequisite: HTH 101 Health Information Management I
Instructors: Janet Pitts

HTH 103 Professionalism, Ethics & Professional Standards (3 Units)

Learn the professional, ethical and legal standards expected of the Health Information Manager and Health Informatics professional. Learners will understand the guidelines and codes of conduct established by the professional associations for each field (CHIMA, COACH).A review of provincial, national and international HIM and HI organizations and their professional standards and code of ethics will be conducted to demonstrate the inter-related nature of the professional expectations for Health Information Managers and Health Informaticians. Course activities will encourage learners to investigate the parameters of their legal and ethical duties as HIM and HI professionals, as they work collaboratively, to understand the importance of ethics and professional standards for the protection of personal health information.

Prerequisite: HTH 101 Health Information Management I
Instructors: Lynn Cartan

HTH 104 Privacy, Confidentiality & Security (3 Units)

Examine the "concepts, principles and applications of the rights and obligations related to individual access, privacy and confidentiality of personal health information" (CHIMA, 2010, 21). This examination will involve health information data and records in both paper and electronic formats. The course will review legal regulations and legislations currently in place for the collection, use, storing and sharing of personal health information. Learners will study privacy requirements, responsibilities and risks associated with the life cycle of personal health information as Health Information Managers, Health Informaticians, and members of a health care organization. Various legal, ethical and professional standards as they relate to privacy and access will be presented, discussed and critically analyzed from the perspective of the consumer, organization and Health Information professional.

Prerequisite: HTH 101 Health Information Management I

HTH 105 Health Information Systems & Technology (3 Units)

This course is designed to develop the learner's understanding of the different types of information systems used in the health care sector, and how these systems interact with one another for the safe and secure exchange of personal health information. The course will present the key technology and information system concepts and components used throughout the information life cycle. Learners will examine the relationships between health information stakeholders in terms of how health records are collected, stored, accessed, shared, maintained, and secured in health information systems.

Prerequisite: HTH 101 Health Information Management I
Instructors: Gurprit Randhawa

HTH 106 Managing Health Privacy & Security (3 Units)

This course is a continuation of the Privacy, Confidentiality and Security course. Explore the various aspects of managing health privacy issues, confidentiality and access to health information. In particular, the course will examine the tools used to manage, control and disclose health information within organizations, taught within the framework of risk management. Engage in activities to highlight the collaborative nature of the roles, responsibilities and professional standards between Health Information Managers and Health Informaticians. Emphasis will be placed on the learner's ability to evaluate, analyze and apply concepts from this course, and the Privacy, Confidentiality and Security course, in order to promote their knowledge and skills at the local, organizational level as well as the overall health care system.

Prerequisite: HTH 101 Health Information Management I + HTH 104 Privacy Confidentiality & Security

HTH 107 Organizational Behaviour for the Health Sector (2 Units)

This course provides an overview of the theories, structures and functions found within the various components of a healthcare organization. The course will examine the how business characteristics apply to the healthcare setting, specifically, the management functions of planning, leading, organizing and controlling. Topics to be discussed include planning and decision-making, strategic planning, developing high performance teams, managing operations, leadership, managing innovation and change, organization culture, motivating and rewarding employees, and effective communication. Individual and group exercises and the analysis of case material relevant to the healthcare setting, and specific issues for HIM and HI professionals, will be used to enhance a practical understanding of theoretical concepts.

Prerequisite: HTH 101 Health Information Management I

HTH 108 Information Analysis & Data Analytics (3 Units)

This course incorporates the analysis of information and the extraction of data within the health information sector. Examine the processes for the selection and presentation of data by health information management professionals based on the needs of various stakeholders. The course will present information for the selection and organization of data in terms of supporting decisions made at different levels of the healthcare sector, and how HIM and HI professionals assess and meet stakeholder demands. Apply statistical knowledge and applications to the analysis and reporting of health information. Finally, the role of the health information professional within research studies, and in support of research, will be discussed.

Prerequisite: HTH 101 Health Information Management I + HTH 102 Health Information Management II
Instructors: Tanya Mathews

HTH 111 Project Management for the Health Sector (3 Units)

This course will focus on the key components of effective project management, as applied to the work environment of the Health Informatics and IT professional. Learners will learn the fundamentals of project management, including project life cycle, stakeholder engagement, initiating a project, and planning, executing, and closing a project. These project management essentials will be explored further as learners apply the project life cycle within the context of IT as issues of outsourcing, quality standards, cost and risk management will be discussed. Course activities will provide the opportunity for Health Informatics professionals to learn, analyze and apply project management principles to their professional field.

Prerequisite: HTH 101 Health Information Management I
Instructors: Karen Ward

HTH 113 Health Information Management Practical Experience (3 Units)

This elective course is designed to integrate the theory learned in the Health Information Management program with practical experience of a hospital or healthcare setting. Students have the opportunity to observe and practice a wide range of skills outlined in the academic courses, thereby facilitating a transfer directly to the workplace. The Canadian Health Information Management Association (CHIMA) has an established set of learning objectives students should meet as part of a practical experience course. As well, students develop a set of personal learning objectives and in conjunction with the agency and course instructor, agree on a learning plan. Students are required to secure their own placement opportunity with an appropriate healthcare facility, agency or service provider in their local area. The Program Manager must approve the location before a student begins any practical experience hours.

Prerequisite: Permission of the Program Manager

HTH 115 Records Management (3 Units)

The course will examine the principles and practices of health records management as it pertains to the collection, maintenance, storage, retrieval, retention and destruction of records.  Records management practices are presented in relation to the legal and regulatory requirements.  Policy development processes for various technological systems are explored and analyzed as a function of the HIM professional.

Prerequisite: HTH 101 Health Information Management I
Instructors: Lynn Cartan