Introduction to Healthcare Analytics

This course will introduce participants to some of the basic concepts in healthcare analytics.  

Health Information Technology (HIT) -- including electronic health record (EHR), health information exchange (HIE), telehealth and telemedicine - have become a focus of health care quality, efficiency, and public health initiatives across the country.  Collectively, HIT are viewed as a critically important means that can help lessen medical errors in patient care, improve disease management, provide better services to rural and remote areas, increase cost-efficiencies in healthcare delivery, and, improve surveillance, monitoring, and response to public health outbreaks and chronic diseases.  This course provides a sweeping and in-depth interdisciplinary overview of HIT policy, technology, services and applications, research, and management.

The course examines the underlying information, network, medical, and telehealth and telemedicine systems and technologies that comprise Health Information Technologies.  The course is intended to provide a firm understanding of HIT technology.  The course may be taken by students and professionals interested in clinical practice, information technology, public health, and other health care related fields.  The projects are organized to meet the needs of the different backgrounds and interests of participants. 

This course focuses on healthcare statistics, management reporting, and evaluation research.  The course presumes that participants have had a general background in healthcare.  The course will introduce the subject of healthcare and public health administrative reporting and research  The topics covered in the course include an exploration of the types of data and information required for public health reporting, data and information required for reporting by clinics and providers for reimbursements and program effectiveness, and why the reporting is important and the underlying healthcare questions.  The course also broadly covers the importance of data to research and policy formulation, and reviews examples of research design and execution.  The course will spend a significant amount of time on exploring the issues of data integration and the issues and opportunities to using public health and clinical databases for policy, planning, and management. 

This course is an in-depth survey of the many health information technology services and applications that are currently being used to improve patient care and efficiency in healthcare delivery, to ensure that information is available identifying and responding to outbreaks of diseases, and to establish databases that can be used for evaluating the efficacy of healthcare and the healthcare system.  Included in this survey will include medical technologies, Electronic Health Records, telehealth and telemedicine systems, and electronic health information exchanges.

The emphasis on the use of Health information Technology (HIT) to improve clinical care through data sharing and public health applications creates management challenges at all levels.  This course focuses on the Health Information Technologies (HIT) management from different perspectives.  The course explores the business, health care objectives, and operational issues from the perspectives of the health care administrator, program manager, and IT program manager.  The course examines the planning, management, and operational issues challenges that arise from the complex of HIT, and management of sensitive Personal Health Information.