What’s covered in the DipHI? 1


HIC’s accredited Diploma in Health Informatics (DipHI) is a comprehensive 17 course online program covering everything to do with Health Informatics and Healthcare Computing.

Study in block or spend 7-15 minutes at the start of each day.

Here’s what’s covered in the program’s 350 topics and 473 research elinks.

HI203 Health Informatics

  • Introduction and Study Objectives

HI203-01 Information in the Healthcare Setting

  • Information
  • What Does This All Mean for Healthcare?
  • Historical Perspectives
  • What IS Information?
  • Information and Records Management
  • Medical Records on Paper
  • Reporting and Using Paper Records
  • Professionals and Information
  • Patients and Information
  • Trusting Information
  • Visions of the Future

HI203-02 Electronic Health Records

  • Setting the Scene
  • What exactly is a Medical Record?
  • Investment in Medical Records
  • Shortcomings of the Paper Record
  • What IS an EHR (Electronic Healthcare Records) System?
  • Obstacles to Adoption of Electronic Records
    • Cost
    • Clinician Comfort with Data Entry
    • Concerns about Privacy and Security
  • Information in Electronic Formats
    • Pictorial Material
    • “Free” Text
    • Structured Text – the options
  • Data Entry Methods
  • Events / Encounters / Episodes
  • Communication
  • Summary

HI203-03 Terminology, Coding and Classification

  • Setting the Scene
  • Medical Terminology
  • Precision in Data Entry
  • Classification Systems
  • Coding
  • Data Analysis
  • Navigating a Classification System
  • Data Exchanges and Collections
  • Classification Updates and Versions
  • Adding Codes
  • A Brief Overview of Some Classification and Coding Systems
  • Classification and Coding Systems – for CLINICAL Use
    • 1a. SNOMED-CT – Merging Read and SnoMed Systems
    • 1b. The Read Clinical Classification System
    • 1c. SNOMED
    • 1d. International Classification of Primary Care – ICPC-2
  • Classifications Primarily Intended for NON-CLINICAL Purposes
    • 2a. ICD
    • 2b. Diagnosis Related Groups (DRGs) and Healthcare Resource Groupings (HRGs)
    • 2c. Other Resource Groupings
    • 2d. Items of Service

HI203-04 Data Collections – for Care, Management, Audit and Research

  • Setting the Scene
  • Collecting Data
  • Privacy, Intellectual Property and Ownership Issues
  • Ethical Approvals
  • Collecting Quality Data
    • Adequacy
    • Validation
    • Bias and Objectivity
  • Data Management and Storage
    • Identification and Registration
    • Databases
  • Data Analysis and Reporting
    • Analysis
    • Reporting
  • Minimum Data Sets
  • Data for Current and Continuing Care, and for Audit
    • Patient Progress Data
  • Data for Prospective Research
    • 1. How Much Data?
    • 2. Free Text Descriptors or Classified and Coded Entries?
    • 3. Standard or Home-made Classifications?
  • Clinical Trials
  • Data for Warehousing and Retrospective Research
    • Data Warehouse
    • Data Mining

     

HI203-05 Basics of Computer Technology

  • Setting the Scene
  • Representing Information and Computers
  • Computer Systems
  • The Hardware
  • The Box, Power Supply, etc
  • Magnetic and Optical Memory
  • Electronic Memory Chips
  • Processor Chips
  • The Software
  • Operating System
  • Applications Software
  • Files and File Storage
    • Compression of Data / Files
  • Software and BUGS
  • External Connections
  • Plugs, Ports and Peripherals
  • Supercomputers, Mainframes and ‘smaller’ computers (such as PCs)
  • Networks
  • Check Your Understanding

 

HI203-06 General Computer Applications – enterprise, web, core clinical

  • Setting the Scene
  • Applications
  • A. Enterprise Management / Office Automation Software
    • 1. Word Processors
    • 2. Spreadsheets
    • 3. Databases
    • 4. Presentation Managers
  • B. Web Browsers and Web-based Applications
    • The World Wide Web
    • Searching
    • Web-based Resources and Protocols
  • C. Medical and Patient Care Applications
    • Security and Anti-Malware Applications

HI203-07 Networks and Communications

  • Setting the Scene
  • Understanding Communication
  • Communication Connections
    • Networks
    • Network IP Addressing
  • Network Hardware
  • Network Protocols
    • LAN Configuration and Protocols
    • A Quick Practical Activity
  • Messages and Data Interchange
  • Messages
    • Structure in Messages
  • Structured Messages
    • Coded Data in Messages
    • Validation of Messages
  • Message Libraries and Frameworks
  • Message Security
  • Electronic Messaging: some cautionary notes

HI203-08 Systems Security

  • Setting the Scene
  • What is Security?
  • Privacy – see later module
  • Why is Security Important?
    • Consequences of Breach of Security
  • What are the Security Threats and Risks?
  • Security Measures
  • Security Policy
    • General Principles
  • Specific Measures
  • System Structural and Operational Measures
    • Hardware and Network
    • Storage Memory Protection – RAID
    • Memory and Disk ‘sharing’
    • Operating System and Software
    • Malware Protection
    • Firewalls
  • Back-up
  • Data Encryption
    • Asymmetrical Encryption and the Public Key Infrastructure
  • Data Removal
    • Archiving
    • Data Destruction
  • Functional and User Management Measures
    • The Human Element
  • Preventive Strategies
    • Access Control
    • Identification and Authentication: passwords, tokens and PINs
    • People Management
  • Detective Strategies
  • Microcomputer Security
  • Security Relating to IT Staff
  • Two Notes of Caution
    • Internet Cafes and Business Centres
    • Another Note of Caution

HI203-09 Information Privacy

  • Setting the Scene
  • Introduction to Information Privacy
    • Ethics: respect for persons and personal information
    • Privacy Breach and Redress
    • The Evolution of Information Privacy Concepts
  • Privacy Principles as Applied to Health Information
  • Legislation and Personal Information Privacy
    • Data Protection
    • Freedom of Information
  • Human Rights
  • HIPAA: a North American initiative
  • Ensuring Privacy Compliance
    • Caldicott Guardians
    • Privacy Monitoring
    • Privacy Guidance
  • Management and Privacy
  • A Final Thought: who owns medical records?

HI203-10 Standards in Health Information Management Systems

  • Setting the Scene
  • Why Standardise?
  • What is a ‘Standard’?
    • De Facto Standards
    • Formal Development of Standards
    • When to Standardise
  • Standardise WHAT and WHERE exactly?
    • Between Entities
    • Within Entities
  • Healthcare Systems
  • Lock-in
  • Open Software
  • WHAT Standards???
    • Data Standards
    • Data Set Standards
    • Technical Standards
    • Interface Engines
  • Other Healthcare Related Standards
    • Computer User Health and Safety Standards
    • Professional Standards
  • Further Reading

HI203-11 Systems Acquisition – Specification, Selection and Contracting

  • Setting the Scene
  • The Business Case
  • Steering Committee
  • Scoping and Specifying a System
  • Seeking out Vendors
  • Selecting a System
    • Technical Evaluation
  • Selecting and Evaluating a Software Application
  • User Evaluation
  • Future-Proofing
    • Data Migration
    • ‘Vapourware’
    • ‘Lock-in’
  • Contractual and Relationship Issues
    • Contracts
    • Roles and Responsibilities
    • Milestones, Slippage and Payments
    • Modifications and Changes
    • Project Documentation
    • Maintenance, Support and Updates / Upgrades
    • Source Code
  • Procurement Overall – general issues
    • Managing the Project(s)

HI203-12 Systems Implementation and User Support

  • Setting the Scene
  • Implementing the Project
  • Project Management
  • Technical Systems Implementation
    • Change Management Plan
    • Parallel Running
  • Risk Management
    • Migrating, Moving and Merging Data
    • Operational Planning
  • Managing the People – change management
    • The Change Process
    • Addressing Staff Issues
  • Staff Engagement: Development, Education and Training
  • Expectation Management
  • Benefits Realisation
  • Action Teams
  • User Support
  • Some Practical Suggestions and Hints
  • Project Failure

HI203-13 Artificial Intelligence

  • Setting the Scene
  • Introduction
    • Terminology
    • Clinical Reasoning
    • Logic
    • Logical and Semantic Models of Medicine
  • Logical Reasoning – Boole, Bayes and Fuzzy
    • Boole
    • Bayes
    • Fuzzy
  • Artificial Intelligence in Medicine
    • Top-Down AI
    • Rules
    • The Inference Engine
  • Bottom-up AI
    • AI Programming
  • Additional Reading

HI203-14 Expert Systems and Data Warehouses in Healthcare

  • Setting the Scene
  • Do we need AI/ES?
    • Decision Analysis
  • Gathering, Warehousing and Mining the Data
    • Data Warehouse
    • Data Mining
    • Evidence-based Medicine
  • Embedding Knowledge in Systems
    • Data Collection Protocols
    • Prescribing Guidance
    • Flow Charts
    • Interpretative Systems
  • Clinical Decisions Support System (CDSS) Styles
  • CDSS in Action
    • MYCIN
    • INTERNIST / CADUCEUS / QMR
    • Puff
    • DXplain
    • ISABEL
    • PRODIGY / CKS
    • General
    • The User Interface for Clinical Decision Support
  • Legal Issues
  • Further reading

HI203-15 Networking Care – the Information Management Perspective

  • Setting the Scene
  • Introduction
  • The Current Health Information Environment
    • SV vs BoB
    • Information Flows
  • Creating a Health Information Infrastructure – and Politics
  • Health Enterprise Mergers – A Common Scenario
  • Joining-up Services
  • Healthcare Networking Methodology
    • Administrative
    • Clinical Information
    • The Shared Care Record
  • Recognising the Obstacles
  • Linking using Interface Engines
  • Linking using Web Technology
  • Privacy and Security in ‘Joined-up care’ – a Framework
  • Robust Identification
    • Contractual Security Framework
    • Telecommunications
  • A Final Note

HI203-16 Information Governance and TeleMedicine

  • Setting the Scene
  • Health Information Governance
    • Information Governance
    • Some Issues in IG
  • Telemedicine Services
    • Where and How Will Telemedicine be Effective?
  • Some Selected National Health Information Infrastructures (NHII)
  • NHII Implementations
    • 1. New Zealand
    • 2. The UK’s NHS
    • 3. Other NHII Initiatives
  • Identification devices

HI203-17 Systems Integration and HL7

  • Setting the Scene
  • Understanding Clinical Systems
  • Communications and Messages
  • Understanding HL7 Messages
  • Understanding HL7 Language
    • Version 2
    • Version 3
  • CDA
  • Using HL7 in Systems Integration
    • Forwards / Backwards Version Compatibility
    • Profiles
    • Interface Engines
  • Integration at the User Desktop
  • Essential Infrastructure

 


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