HITS-410: Capstone: Healthcare Information Technology

HITS-410: Capstone: Healthcare Information Technology

Review the syllabus and if you have any questions/concerns regarding the syllabus contact your Instructor immediately.

Course Description and Prerequisites

Explores a variety of information management systems and processes for collecting, maintaining, and disseminating primary and secondary health-related information.   The focus is on the design, functionality, capabilities and advantages of available systems, with their use emphasized.  Topics include system analysis, design, security, and selection for a variety of healthcare environments.  Students will use this knowledge to create a comprehensive analysis and proposed operational plan for a typical healthcare IT problem/application.

In this course student learning is reinforced through discussions, projects, verbal presentations and formal academic papers. This course is intended for anyone who is involved in working with Health Information Technology (HIT): IT Managers, Systems Analysts, and Office Managers or on track for Directors of Technology or Chief Information Officers.  The course is intended to have students thinking about the business of IT.  What’s the purpose of what we do?  What are the business drivers (value) inherent in HIT?

Prerequisite:  SDEV 230:  Information System Analysis and Design

Student Centered Learning Outcomes

Through the use of discussions, assignments, research papers and projects students will learn to:

  1. Identify the business case (value add) of HIT
  2. Analyze EMR/EHR vendors
  3. Demonstrate leadership skills in healthcare through the use of HIT
  4. Demonstrate working knowledge of the HITECH ACT

Demonstrate ability to present a topic in HIT to a board or directors or Sr. Management team

Textbook(s) and Technology Requirements

Required Texts
The Creative Destruction of Medicine – Available as a free e-book on the
Champlain College Library

Topol, Eric, (2012)

  • ISBN-10: 0465025501
  • ISBN-13: 978-0465025503

E-book access: http://site.ebrary.com/lib/champlain/detail.action?docID=10527974 (Links to an external site.)

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Schiefelbein, C., (2007)

  • ISBN-10: 0595413579
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595413577

Available for purchase at the Champlain College Bookstore (Links to an external site.).

Paper Kills: Transforming Health and Healthcare with Information Technology

  • ISBN-10: 1933966025
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933966021

Available in PDF format here: Paper Kills 2.0 – book released 2.10 (1).pdf

Technology Requirements:   Students should have access to and be proficient with MS Word and MS PowerPoint.

Topic Outline

Week 1:Purpose of HIT…Introductions, Capstone Topic Planning, “Purpose of HIT”, Read and discuss Chapters 1-4 Get Out of IT while you can
Week 2:HIT Vendors and Capstone topic… Research HIT vendors: KLAS, Schedule to attend a webinar,

Read and discuss Chapters 5-7 Get Out of IT while you can.  Identify final project topic, submit a 2 page executive summary.

Week 3:Transforming healthcare with HIT…Reading and discussion Paper Kills, schedule to attend an HIT webinar, Write about your HIT plan.
Week4:HIT Leadership and Interoperability… Reading and discussion Paper Kills, Paper on interoperability.
Week 5: Creative Destruction of Medicine…Discuss the impact of the Creative Destruction of Medicine, , submit a summary of the webinar attended.
Week 6:Delivery of Final Paper… Due Friday evening, discuss classmates’ final presentations and lessons learned. 
Week 7:Presentation Week…Oral presentations of capstone project, discuss HITS experience, final preparations of capstone paper.

Methods of Assessment

Your final grade will be based on the following:
Graded ElementsWeights
Written Assignments

Week 1: Purpose of HIT 5%
Week 2: Topic Justification 5%
Week 3: Your Plan for HIT 5%
Week 4: Interoperability 5%
Week 5: Final Paper Outline 5%

Final Paper50%
EXTRA CREDIT: Course evaluations2%


Students may not take a 0 (zero) on any assignment.  All assignments must be completed and submitted on time.

Grades: All work will be graded using the Action Learning Grading System matrix below:

CodeWritten Assignment GuidelinesLow ScoreToHigh ScoreVisual & CreativeQuantitative
TTechnical Quality & PresentationSpelling errors, poor punctuation and sentence structure. Sloppy presentation. Difficult to figure out. Spelling, sentence structure and grammar are solid. Material is presented in an easy to read format. Good flow and layout.Care and attention to detail. Care to use color, careful layout, titles etc.Plans, analysis and designs are laid out neatly and in a logical sequence.
IIntegration of MaterialConcepts missed or not addressed. Material thoroughly integrated and includes outside examples. Concepts explained in your own words.Concepts are covered by virtue of the material included.Techniques and terms used that demonstrate and understanding of the concepts behind the plans, analysis and designs.
EExpression: Quality & CompletenessSentences are lacking expression and wouldn’t generate any interest on behalf of the reader. Sentences relate to each other with feeling. Thoughts are developed and in a logical sequence.Careful thought to what is included and why. Inclusive of everything that should be there. 
CCreativity & Critical ThinkingReiterate text with no interpretation or self-expression. Short and hollow explanations. The safe way out. Interpret concepts and find examples that support or contradict them. Demonstrates the ability to take risk.  

Participation in the discussion aspect of the course is an important part of success in this class. Participation in the discussion forums is a sizable portion on the final grade. In order to receive credit for participation, students need to be active and engaged in the discussions each week. Though it will vary from week to week, it is expected that each week students contribute substantively with at least one original post and respond to the posts of at least two other students. At the start of each week, new discussions will be opened and past discussions will be locked. So, points lost from prior weeks cannot be made-up. Here are some suggestions for successful participation in discussions:

1.    Respond to others with questions or comments that provoke elaboration.

2.    Bring in resources from outside the class materials (web sites, readings in another class, professional journal articles and work experience etc.)

3.    Link the comments of two people in a very explicit way, that has not been expressed by others in the discussion.

4.    Demonstrate your interest with an active listening question to another.

5.    Build on another’s thinking.

6.    Use the course materials, including quotes from readings, as “evidence” to support your thinking.

7.    Avoid unsupported opinion.

The rubric below will be used for grading Discussion participation:

CriteriaDescription Max Points
FrequencyDistributes participation across 3-4 days throughout the week creating a dialogue. 20
Initial Discussion PostingPosts well developed, timely discussions that fully address and develop all aspects of the task. 20
Follow-up PostingsDemonstrates timely analysis of others’ posts; extends meaningful discussion by building on previous posts. 20
Content ContributionsPosts factually correct, reflective and substantive contribution; advances discussion. 20
Reference & SupportUses references to literature, readings, or personal experience to support comments. 20
Total Points: 100


Weekly Assignments:
Readings and Lectures: Each week you will be assigned readings from a variety of sources, along with a lecture. It expected that you have distilled the essential points of this material during the week it is assigned. These readings and lectures also often serve as a basis for class discussion.

Homework: Each week you will be assigned work to help reinforce concepts from the week’s lecture and readings.

Projects:  Throughout the course there will be two assigned projects to be completed independently and two that will be assigned as group projects.

Submissions: All assignments (homework, projects) must be submitted on, or before, the date they are due, unless prior arrangements have been made or there are extenuating circumstances, and follow the guidelines identified below. (Note: points will be deducted for work that does not adhere to the following guidelines.)

1.      All work files submitted must have a filename constructed as follows:

<filename>_<StudentLastName><StudentFirstInitial>.<file extension>
For example, an MSWord assignment I submitted in week 2 would be named:

2.      The header of the file (i.e., each page of the submitted work) must have the following information: course title, course section, your name, date, and subject of paper. For example:


Course TitleCapstone:  Health Information Technology
Course-SectionHITS 410 – XX
Your NameAdam Lastname
The DateMarch xx, 201x
The SubjectHomework – XXXXXXX


3.      Each assignment is to be contained in a single MS Word file document.  Font should be 12pt Times New Roman and spacing at 1.5.   Projects may be in PowerPoint and/or Excel

Note: Use dictionaries and grammar checkers to confirm the spelling and intent of words you use for all work submitted.

Capstone Project: Paper and Presentation

Capstone Paper

Healthcare Information Technology



1. You will demonstrate self-initiative and develop independent learning skills by choosing, planning, developing and completing a challenging, real-world healthcare information technology management experience. This culminating project will showcase your acquired IT management skills and demonstrate your business-ready professionalism. The course does not rely on a traditional instructor-led format. It is an independent project-driven course that requires senior students to function in a relatively autonomous environment. It encourages and requires self-initiative, independence, time management and communication.

2. You will exercise self-analysis and introspection by creating a customized Capstone research paper and video presentation that supports future career goals and interests. To ensure this happens, you will have reasonable latitude in the form that this culminating project may take. However, your project must fit into one or more of the designated project categories. Projects will be refined and approved via individual consultation and dialogue among you and your course instructor.

3. You will apply your formal classroom training and utilize your accumulated course knowledge in the execution of your capstone paper and presentation (project). Your project should give you the opportunity to apply, learn and grow in areas such as: project management, research, problem solving, critical and creative thinking, decision making, technology applications, teamwork, organizational analysis, interpersonal communication, professional writing, global awareness, time management and other business skills, all in the healthcare IT environment you will select.

5. You will undertake career exploration, identify professional development opportunities and prepare for life-long learning by gaining first-hand knowledge of an industry and a professional career track.

6. You will enhance your critical thinking and communication skills through the analysis, reflection and discussion of current articles or books that relate to your projects, identify best business practices and demonstrate how work gets done in modern healthcare organizations. Familiarity with these issues will support your career development, capitalizing on your work as a senior student and healthcare management practitioner. Analysis and discussion of your learning will take place via online class meetings, papers and update reports.

7. You will enhance your potential to become effective IT managers and healthcare leaders by developing and applying many of the competencies that Champlain College has identified while working in a real world setting. These competencies are vital for your career success in the complex and rapidly changing world of healthcare and business.

Each of you will fulfill common requirements such as:

  • Submitting the Project Proposal
  • Preparing and submitting regular progress reports
  • Participating in online class discussions
  • Complete 30+ hours of reading and writing assignments for class
  • Submit a final written report 20-30 pages in length,
    • 1.5 Spacing
    • Cover page
    • Executive Summary
    •  APA references
    • Conclusion with projection of ideas of where your topic will go
    • Verbal presentation
      • Presented in the 7th week
      • Accompanied by video presentation of your capstone project
      • 15 minutes in length
      • Q&A follow-up by classmates, faculty, dean and other invited guests

The Capstone Project is designed for students who have a special professional interest that they want to pursue, or career interest they want to develop. Typically this will involve conducting field-based research. For example, you might want to prepare a comprehensive business plan for a new start-up service line; perhaps there is a new internal quality initiative you want to develop; or maybe there is a new approach to Health Information Technology issues you want to pursue. One tangible outcome of this effort will be a well-documented professional report that describes your work and documents the results. Essentially, this report is a research-based thesis. This would be ideal for students who have identified a very specific, focused aspect of healthcare management they would like to explore more deeply via significant independent research. Thesis topics are expected to have a practical, applied focus (real problem solving and decision making), not just an abstract and theoretical one. Perhaps you want to know more about the real challenges healthcare organizations face when they try to serve new markets or implement new service lines; maybe you are curious to know what financial issues arise from certain regulatory initiatives; or perhaps you want to trace the history and evolution of the delivery of health information technology in a different country.

Using sound primary and secondary research methods, you will investigate your topic and prepare a fully documented, comprehensive, detailed research or strategic analysis, probably in the range of 20-30 pages in length.

Other ideas could include: a physician practice needs help to implement an EMR system or develop interfaces to a HIE.  This work-based learning activity alternative is available for students who are currently employed full- or part-time and who wish to make a significant additional contribution to that workplace.

IMPORTANT Regardless of the specific approach (or combination of approaches) you select, the final product of this Capstone must include an analysis and reflection of your findings in the context of the broad H.I.T. environment

Likely there are lots of questions buzzing through your head already.

• What kind of Capstone project do I want to do before I  graduate — a work-based learning activity, an independent project, or some combination?

• What career or job track should I be focusing on – if a career change or modification is in my future?

• What kind of employer do I want to connect with – if different than my current one?

• What type of project interests me?

• Who would be a good mentor for me (in some cases)?

• How should I begin?

Don’t forget to use Career Services resources online at http://www.champlain.edu/Career-Services.html to get started. The process of preparing yourself for the course will take a good deal of time. Why? You need to give yourself time to identify an area of interest, interact with business leaders and faculty about your ideas, refine your thinking and receive commitment from an employer.

If you are to enjoy full value from your Capstone learning experience, then you need to start making some important decisions about it and laying the groundwork for it as soon as possible! You should set a goal to have your Field Experience/Project identified, you’re learning goals clarified, your proposal approved, and signed off by the course facilitator as soon as possible, but no later than the end of Week 2.

  1. Do a self-evaluation regarding your interests, academic goals and career goals. Explore new career options by contacting Champlain’s Career Planning and Placement office.
  2. Gather information regarding organizations and opportunities.
  3. Be creative. Look at nonprofits and entrepreneurial businesses, along with other opportunities. Champlain’s Career Planning and Placement office may be helpful here, as well!
  4. Consult with the course faculty for guidance and direction.
  5. Make contacts and apply for the field experiences
  6. Submit required assignments by due dates.

Remember, this is the capstone course for Health Information Technology. This course is your opportunity to assume a leadership role in your career direction.

The deliverables (work product) you present are intended to be of the highest professional quality and reflect your total and comprehensive learning at Champlain College. Make the most of it and give it the attention and thought it deserves – that you deserve! The faculty is here to help you with scope and questions but it is your opportunity to shine in an area that you are passionate about.

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