About this Course
Through this course even non-technical students can gain basic proficiency in health informatics: the application of computing to healthcare delivery, public health and community-based clinical research. The overall course paradigm is the Institute of Medicine's vision of a "Learning Health System" that uses data from actual patient care to gain new knowledge and feeds that knowledge back as care is delivered to achieve a safer, higher quality and more cost effective health delivery system. Module 1 covers the US healthcare delivery system's unique structural, economic and policy issues and the strategic role for health informatics. It also looks at the federal programs to encourage adoption of electronic record systems. Module 2 gives a high level overview of some key health standards with a particular emphasis on the new Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resource (FHIR) standard. Module 3 explores how these technologies are being deployed and some of their current limitations using specific commercial and open source systems as examples. It features an interview with the developers of an innovative, new EHR. Module 4 presents examples of cutting edge research using "big data" and shows how analytic based tools are helping overcome some of the challenges posed in the prior module. It features an interview with developers of a innovative cloud-based service to bring together datasets and analytic tools from diverse sources. Optionally, as the course progresses, students read the instructor’s book, Practitioner's Guide to Health Informatics.
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Health InformaticsHealth Data StandardsHealth Care InformaticsElectronic Health Records
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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

1

Section
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2 hours to complete

WELCOME TO HEALTH INFORMATICS ON FHIR

Health informatics, broadly speaking, is the application of information technology to care delivery. The field is arguably now at a "tipping point" because of the relatively recent widespread adoption of electronic record and other digital systems for use by both providers and patients. Because of that, we are now, at least in theory, able to aggregate data from millions of patient encounters in order to analyze it to gain new knowledge and to obtain feedback on the quality and efficiency of the care those patients received. Of course, it's not that simple and in this module we'll explore some of the unique structural issues of US healthcare and what the federal government has been doing to bridge those issues in order to create what the Institute of Medicine calls a "learning health system" -- a continuously improving system based on data from the applications of information technology just described....
Reading
12 videos (Total 58 min), 5 readings, 1 quiz
Video12 videos
Introduction to Health Informatics on FHIR1m
US Healthcare: A Complex Adaptive System2m
Incentives2m
Structure3m
Problem3m
Rationale for Informatics5m
Overview6m
EHR Certification6m
Meaningful Use12m
Incentive Payments2m
Incentive Reform7m
Reading5 readings
Course Objectives10m
Consent Form10m
Glossary of Health and Health IT Terms and Acronyms10m
Module Objectives10m
Module 1 Slides10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Take Module 1 Quiz20m

2

Section
Clock
1 hour to complete

Data and Interoperability Standards

To usefully aggregate and analyze data from thousands of electronic record systems and millions of patient encounters these systems need to be interoperable -- they need to be able to meaningfully share data. It is generally agreed that accomplishing this requires standards. The degree to which they are critical is somewhat less clear now that computers are powerful enough to do sophisticated natural language processing. However, it is likely that, for many years into the future, useful health data will be standardized to some degree. In this module we'll explore the most commonly used health data standards and we'll briefly discuss how standardized data (along with free text) is packaged into standard electronic clinical documents and into messages to link together diverse systems in hospitals and beyond. We'll focus on Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR), the new, rapidly evolving standard that offers to accelerate interoperability and even create a universal health app platform that could potentially help solve some of the challenges with current electronic record systems we'll discuss in Module 3....
Reading
8 videos (Total 47 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video8 videos
Data Standards12m
Data Standards: SNOMED-CT4m
Messaging Standards3m
Document Standards5m
Advanced Standards3m
Basics of the FHIR Standard10m
SMART on FHIR Apps4m
Reading2 readings
Module Objectives10m
Module 2 Slides10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Take Module 2 Quiz20m

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Section
Clock
2 hours to complete

Real World Applications & Challenges

With the increased use of electronic health record and other digital health systems and tools it is increasingly clear that much work remains to be done to make those systems easier and more efficient to use. These systems must also insure the privacy of patients and the security of the data they contain. Finally, they should provide researchers and other secondary users with the highest possible data quality consistent with the practical needs of the providers entering that data. In this module we'll explore all of these issues as they occur in real world systems. We'll interview the developers of one of the most innovative new electronic health record systems to gain some insights into the future directions these systems may take....
Reading
6 videos (Total 51 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video6 videos
Usability6m
Efficiency21m
Workflow & Process3m
Privacy & Security12m
Data Quality3m
Reading2 readings
Module Objectives10m
Module 3 Slides10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Take Module 3 Quiz20m

4

Section
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2 hours to complete

Big Data and Analytics

Despite the many challenges we've discussed a great deal is already being done to aggregate and analyze health data from actual patient care for purposes such as improved diagnosis and treatment. In this module we'll look at examples of that as well as some of the other exciting future opportunities in big health data and analytics. We'll also see how analytic-based tools and systems can help overcome some of the challenges we introduced earlier including protecting patient privacy and security, helping to improve the quality of the data that is collected and making massive amounts of clinical data useful in daily clinical practice....
Reading
5 videos (Total 50 min), 5 readings, 1 quiz
Video5 videos
Opportunities Part 17m
Opportunities Part 212m
Opportunities Part 320m
In Conclusion4m
Reading5 readings
Module Objectives10m
Module 4 Slides10m
Get More from Georgia Tech10m
Where to go from here10m
Earn a Georgia Tech Transcript/Badge/CEUs2m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Take Module 4 Quiz20m
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Top Reviews

By SSJul 27th 2017

An excellent introduction to EHR for students who are interested in health care informatics. It is well organized, easy to understand and delivered efficiently. I highly recommend this course!

By SCApr 1st 2017

found this course by searching in Coursera.\n\nmet my expectation, especially the first week introduction of incentives, structure, problems, and roles of IT.

Instructor

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Mark L. Braunstein, MD

Professor of the Practice, School of Interactive Computing

About Georgia Institute of Technology

The Georgia Institute of Technology is one of the nation's top research universities, distinguished by its commitment to improving the human condition through advanced science and technology. Georgia Tech's campus occupies 400 acres in the heart of the city of Atlanta, where more than 20,000 undergraduate and graduate students receive a focused, technologically based education....

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