Course DescriptionDeveloping integrated health information systems is a major priority of health care reform. The Obama administration allocated $36 billion for developing health information technology (HIT) over the next six years. Learn how HIT is used by health care delivery organizations, external research organizations, regulatory organizations, providers, and patients/consumers. This course covers HIT implementation and management; ethical considerations and security; emerging and transformative technologies; and the technology fundamentals of electronic medical records (EMR), electronic health records (EHR), personal health records (PHR), and health information exchanges (HIE). The course also provides a planning framework that covers design, implementation, and support of clinical systems; financial/administrative systems; network and connectivity technologies; data management; and interoperability of systems. Additionally, the course covers health care legislation and stimulus support, including HIPAA, the HITECH Act, interoperability, and Regional Healthcare Information Organizations (RHIOs).