Medical Informatics and Decision Management

5 Credits

Module Description

This interdisciplinary module is designed to introduce the fundamental principles and concepts of health care informatics and decision management, with a primary focus on clinical applications and their ability to operate within the framework of improving quality, productivity, & satisfaction. Discussions will involve the application of computers and information technology to facilitate clinical and business decision making which results in problem solving, promotion of quality in health care, improvements in clinical practice, and the interoperability of health care data and information at the local, regional, and national level.

The module will provide a theoretical framework for understanding how to conceptualize product effectiveness, return on investments, patient privacy, error reduction, and define data and information requirements across many different health care settings. We will focus on decision analysis concepts that support clinical, management, and administrative decisions and how they facilitate quality improvements.

The overall goal is to provide an understanding of the various concepts and roles of information in the modern health care environment and how technology and information can support the health care industry and promote quality improvement.

Module Objectives

Upon completion of this module, students should be able to:

  • Assess informatics strategy design, development, and deployment for more effective and efficient health care delivery
  • Understand and analyze informatics tools, processes, and methodologies to support process improvement initiatives
  • Discuss how to align informatics strategy, resources, people, processes, and projects with a focus on cost, quality, and delivery outcomes
  • Analyze methods by which meaningful use strategic choices can be continuously evaluated and adjusted as needed
  • Evaluate informatics policy, governance, and cost strategy and the impacts on efficient and effective health care delivery
  • Apply change management strategies in support of health care delivery system’s mission and goals
  • Identify opportunities and best practices in applying health informatics capabilities to facilitate health data exchange and interoperability
  • Synthesize informatics challenges associated with quality, patient safety, and health care delivery performance
  • Research information technology strategy & management principles and explore why these principles are integral to health care strategy and success
  • Explore measurement strategies that contribute to investment and program effectiveness and value
  • Examine challenges with health care information systems and how these challenges affect process improvements and change management

Meet the faculty of Module 2: Medical Informatics & Decision Science, the second learning module in the MHA@GW program:

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