Health Information Management
Health Information Management Principles and Practices
Students are introduced to theory and principles pertaining to health information management utilizing the health information management lifecycle as an integrated framework.
Health Data Classification I
Students are introduced to the theory and principles of health data classification utilizing CIHI Canadian Coding Standards, documentation standards. Students are also given knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy and pathophysiology. Students will learn to navigate ICD and CCI classification systems, electronic coding and abstracting systems and complete scenarios within the electronic health record to assign disease and intervention codes.
Students will gain knowledge of and competency in the process of health data classification and its impact on quality health outcomes, management, planning and delivery of health services, research and education. The principles of data quality, the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) classification system from the World Health Organization (WHO) and contemporary coding standards within the Canadian health sector will be examined and applied.
Health Care Systems in Canada
Students will be introduced to the components of health and wellness and how health care is delivered in Canada. Concepts of health and illness will be addressed as well as the inherent cost, structure and function of the Canadian health care system at regional, provincial, federal and international levels. Students will explore data requirements and uses, as well as the roles and responsibilities of the HIM profession in this evolving system.
Health Data Classification II
Students will continue to gain knowledge of the data classification process. Theory and principles about disorders and interventions will be discussed. Students will apply their knowledge of CIHI Canadian Coding Standards, documentation standards, as well as medical terminology, anatomy and pathophysiology. Students will continue to learn techniques that are involved with navigating ICD and CCI electronic coding software to assign disease and intervention codes. Students will be given the opportunity to apply diagnosis and intervention coded data to casemix and resource intensity weight methodologies inherent in health management.
Professional Practice in Health Information Management
Students are introduced to the roles, responsibilities and practices integral to the health information management profession. Students will examine the framework of the Canadian Health Information Management Association, including the credentialing and certification process. Students will interpret the CHIMA Code of Ethics and discuss applicable health legislation.
Health Information Analysis and Reporting
Students are introduced to the methodology involved in data retrieval, analysis and presentation in compliance with data governance, ethics and the health information management lifecycle.
Cultural Diversity and Health Information Needs in Canada
Students will begin to understand the salient health information needs of Canada’s diverse, multicultural population. Students will examine health strategies addressing cultural safety and humility in healthcare and its impact on improved health outcomes and the ultimate elimination of racial and ethnic health disparities.
Health Information Management Practicum I
This one week extramural provides the student with the opportunity to apply health information management theory in the healthcare setting. Students will gain an appreciation of internal and external stakeholders’ use of health information.
Coding Practicum I
This extramural session provides students with the opportunity to apply health data coding and classification standards using ICD and CCI. Students will analyze and apply coding guidelines in acute care facilities or through simulation at the college.
Health Information Systems and Technology
Students are introduced to the field of health information systems and technologies (health informatics) including the infrastructure, clinical and interface terminologies and the resultant clinical communication and information exchange.
Health Information Systems I
Students will begin to explore and apply contemporary health data classification systems and terminologies with a specific focus on the Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine Clinical Terms (SNOMED-CT). Students will gain knowledge of the SNOMED-CT model and how this maps to the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) to facilitate interoperability and a seamless health information exchange (HIE).
Health Data Management I
Students are introduced to health data and information needs across the health care continuum and the integral role and responsibilities of the health information management professional.
Risk Management Concepts
Students are introduced to the principles of risk management and the key components of a risk management program in the health care setting. Students will be given the opportunity to utilize tools and strategies to predict, assess and manage risk with a focus on the domains of safety, quality care, privacy and security, documentation and medical errors/incidents.
Health Information Systems II
Students will begin to explore components of health information systems (HIS), the salient information and data needs and uses of key stakeholders and methodologies to map this to HIS functionality. Students will apply strategies to determine the information needs of the healthcare team across the care continuum.
Healthcare Quality Performance Improvement and Management
Students are introduced to the principles and key components of quality performance management in the health care setting. Students will be given the opportunity to utilize tools and strategies to predict, assess and manage quality performance in alignment with administrative and clinical standards as well as regional, national and international performance indicators.
Fundamentals of Health Research and Epidemiology
Students are introduced to the concepts of health research, epidemiology, the methods to detect bias, and how to determine validity and reliability. Included in this will be the opportunity to identify a research question and hypothesis, perform a literature review and complete a critical analysis of findings.
Health Data Management II
Students will begin to understand, critique and apply data management strategies to monitor and evaluate health outcomes at the regional/territorial, provincial and national level. In addition, students will develop an applied understanding of health data and information principles, practices and governance.
HIM Practicum II
This six week practicum provides the student with an opportunity to consolidate and apply knowledge in a practical setting within the health sector. Students will complete a project to meet the requirements of both the site and content learning area.
Coding Practicum II
This practicum provides students with the opportunity to apply health data coding and classification standards using ICD and CCI. Students will analyze and apply coding guidelines in acute care facilities or through simulation at the college.
Health Information Management Practicum
Students will translate theory learned in the classroom into practice in the health, government and private sectors. A series of integrative seminars will complement the site experience and allow students the opportunity to critically evaluate their experience in the practical setting.
Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare
Students will begin to understand and critique applications of artificial intelligence (AI) in healthcare. In addition, students will gain knowledge of the AI framework and how this aligns with health data management principles and practices.
Foundations of Health Science
Students will explore foundational issues in health science including how health , illness and disease are defined and measured for individuals and populations. Students will be introduced to research methods used to study the distribution and determinants of illness and disease in human populations.
Anatomy, Physiology and Medical Terminology
This course is designed to teach the medical language by the study of prefixes, suffixes, root words, abbreviation and pronunciation of words. Anatomy and physiology are included in order to increase the understanding of the medical vocabulary. Terminology will better enable the medical office assistant student to prepare for work in all medical environments including the preparation of the student for medical transcription.
Medical Administrative Procedures
This course will introduce the student to the administrative skills specifically required to work in a medical office. The use of transcription equipment will be taught and applied. Therapeutic communication skills will be covered along with confidentiality and medical ethics. Professional behaviour will be reinforced throughout this course.
Anatomy, Physiology & Medical Terminology II
This course is designed to further the necessary language skills of the Medical Office Assistant. It includes the circulatory, skeletal, muscular, integumentary, endocrine systems and special senses. The causes, transmission and treatment of diseases of the above systems are discussed. The medical vocabulary and knowledge necessary for the medical office assistant in the speciality areas of oncology, nuclear medicine, radiology, pharmacology and psychiatry are included.
Electronic Medical Records and Medical Billing Procedures
This course is designed to introduce the student to hands-on electronic medical records and electronic medical billing procedures. The student will be given an overview of electronic medical records with an emphasis on privacy, confidentiality and security. The student will learn how to manage a variety of administrative components of electronic medical records. The student will be introduced to all facets of medical billing using at least one medical billing software program.
Clinical Office Procedures
This course is designed to enable the Medical Office Assistant to perform basic clinical procedures including the use and management of medical equipment. The student will perform basic laboratory tests and assist the physician with specific examinations and procedures. Emphasis is placed on establishing and maintaining medical and surgical asepsis.