HCMT-523: Health Care Information Systems

Course Description and Prerequisite

Managing information as a strategic resource is challenging. Students will design IT systems to capture, combine, and transform data into information to measure processes/outcomes of care, support clinical decision-making and management decisions, empower patients, and improve health care operations. Students explore health information systems within the context of associated business processes to develop innovative solutions. Management of change, as related to clinical systems, will also be stressed to help build buy-in, engage individuals and ultimately, improve workflow and system design.


Prerequisite: HCMT-515: Health Care System Design and Innovation

Student-Centered Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • Evaluate components/terminology of the health information technology system, design and operation, in terms of their ability to support effective care delivery.
  • Identify, analyze, and evaluate technical issues and components, and describe in non-technical terms so as to communicate effectively with both technical and non-technical personnel.
  • Use an understanding of health IT stakeholders and complexities of the issues related to improving services to develop innovative approaches to designing new systems that provide the required clinical, financial and strategic information from data.
  • In compliance with health IT regulatory/security/legal parameters, identify and evaluate management strategies that create effective and efficient health IT systems and policies.
  • Research and explain a specific health IT technology that can be applied to address a certain process, business-related problem, or clinical information need.
  • Using innovation and design thinking, apply systems analysis and design techniques, including needs assessment and requirements definition to develop a health IT application that ultimately improves outcomes, reduces costs, and/or enhances quality of care.
  • Propose and explain innovative methods to address current unmet information needs using the requirements of multiple stakeholders in the healthcare delivery system and their varying perspectives.
  • Identify the cruxes (issues areas) for clinical and financial information system planning and deployment as well as a potential set of strategies to address these cruxes.
  • Assess the national strategy for health information exchange and the multitude of Federal programs now underway, and propose viable uses of existing structures and policies to improve expected efficiency and effectiveness in information management and communication.
  • Assess and evaluate several management planning tools commonly used to prepare for deployment of clinical systems and integrate their appropriate use into a comprehensive implementation plan.


Textbook(s) and Technology Requirements

Brown, B.D., Patrick, T.B., & Pasupathy, K.S. (2018). Health informatics: A systems perspective, 2nd edition. Chicago, IL: Health Administration Press.

ISBN: 9781640550056
This textbook can be purchased at the Champlain College Bookstore (Links to an external site.).

Reminder: Please do not use Wikipedia as a primary source of supporting data and/or information for your academic papers or discussion forum contributions.

Technology Requirements Information on the technology in all CCO courses can be found in Champlain College Online Technical Requirements (Links to an external site.).


Topic Outline

Week No.Topics Explored
1Health, medical, and nursing informatics, as well as bioinformatics and inter-dependencies between management information systems and informatics are explored.
2Biomedical vocabulary and standards and the selection and implementation of electronic medical records systems are explored.
3Evidence-based clinical decision-making is examined.
4Clinical decision support in nursing and transforming clinical work processes is explored.
5Knowledge-based clinical decision-making and predictive analysis are explored.
6The human factor as it relates to information systems and management in healthcare settings is explored.
7Informatics implications and opportunities in genomics medicine and health information privacy and security are explored.
8Information technology architecture, as well as the relationship between consumer-driven healthcare and information technology are explored.


Methods of Assessment

Students’ mastery of materials presented in HCMT-523 will be evaluated using weekly discussions, case studies, and a course project that is due during the final week of this course.

Your final grade will be determined based on:

Graded ElementsFrequencyPercentage
Discussions (includes participation)1 per week30%
Case Studies1 per week30%
Course project1 per term40%
Extra Credit Course Evaluation11%



Weekly discussions are an integral part of learning at Champlain College and represent a significant portion of a student’s overall grade. In order to be successful, students should:

  1. Post a thorough, well-crafted initial response that fully addresses and develops all aspects of the prompt by the due date.
  2. Engage substantively throughout the discussion period by responding to others with questions or comments that demonstrate interest, build upon the ideas of others, and encourage elaboration.
  3. Apply and integrate concepts from this course as well as from quality resources including journals, websites, readings from another class, relevant work or life experience, etc.
  4. Demonstrate attention to style, structure, grammar, etiquette, and proper citation of references to maintain academic integrity.

Discussion grades are determined using the rubric below. The descriptions show what exemplary work looks like for each aspect of an overall discussion.

Discussion Rubric
CriteriaDescriptionMax Points
ApplicationExplicitly and thoroughly explains, applies, and integrates a) concepts from this or other courses, b) outside resources or research, c) life experiences, and/or d) processes used to solve problems.30 pts
Critical ThinkingClearly articulates a desire to a) reflect, b) explore possibility, c) recognize ambiguity, d) question assumptions, and/or e) search for logical relationships among ideas. Selects, analyzes, and synthesizes relevant information to demonstrate original thinking.30 pts
CollaborationFosters collaborative learning while a) problem-solving, b) respectfully challenging others, and/or c) expanding thinking through responses and reflection with other learners throughout the week. Builds on classmate and instructor contributions to deepen the conversation.30 pts
PresentationDemonstrates attention to APA/MLA style and structure, adheres to rules of grammar and etiquette, and properly cites references to literature and course materials.10 pts
Total Points: 100


Written Assignments

Your written assignments will be assessed using the following rubric:

Health Care Administration Assignment Rubric
CriteriaDescriptionMaximum Points
Appropriate and Relevant ContentSubmission is articulate and relevant to course learning objectives, and applies those concepts to workplace situations. Submission provides clear evidence from the course readings and lecture information that demonstrates sound interpretation and reasoning. All opinion-based comments relate to the assignment and are fully supported by evidence from the course resources and other research.50
Innovation and Critical AnalysisSubmission expands the analysis beyond the scope of presented materials by providing evidence of reflection and insight, and integration of original and practical ideas. Submission provides solutions or positions based on well supported conclusions (i.e. evaluated relative to the issues of the assignment); Submission explores sound ideas in nontraditional ways. Submission recognizes the interrelatedness of stakeholders; Submission includes points that are crucial to the analysis and clearly addresses alternative points of view through integration of various perspectives.30
Professional Language and StyleSubmission is free of spelling and grammar errors. Language of submission clearly and effectively communicates ideas. Submission style is consistently professional. APA style is used for references and formatting and contains no errors.10
Overall AssessmentSubmission viewed in entirety; overall flow and achievement of learning objectives.10
Maximum Total Points: 100


Student Resources & Policies

Academic Honesty Policy

Champlain College students are expected to be familiar with and adhere to the College’s policy for Academic Honesty. (Links to an external site.) Academic honesty entails creating original assignments, using your own words, and when using the words and ideas of others, documenting those sources using the method specified in this course. Please consult with your instructor if you are in doubt. Violations of the policy could result in a grade of F on the assignment or in the course as well as dismissal from the College.


Grading Policies

CCO Grading Policy (Links to an external site.)

Grading Scale (Links to an external site.)


Student Resources
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