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Health Information Systems and Technology

Course Code: HIMP 3300
Faculty: Health Sciences
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

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.

Course Content

In this course the learner will explore:

  • The interoperability and shared terminologies of the health information framework  
  • The process of mapping health data utilizing Unified Medical Language System and Mapping  
  • The health information system standards including Health Level 7 (HL7), SNOMED and other national and international standards organizations  
  • The environmental basics required for true collaboration of health information systems  
  • The types and uses of various health information systems including stakeholders’ requirements  
  • Health information system infrastructure, technology and applications including the systems development lifecycle  
  • The purpose of enterprise systems and electronic health records, infrastructure, use and effectiveness
  • The impact of stages of the health information management lifecycle on health information system planning, design, implementation and evaluation

Methods of Instruction

Some or all of the following methods will be used:

  • lecture/discussion
  • case study analysis
  • group work
  • group discussions and exercises
  • independent research
  • quizzes
  • instructor feedback on students' work
  • individual consultation
  • presentation (individual or group)

Means of Assessment

The course evaluation is consistent with the Douglas College evaluation policy.  An evaluation schedule is presented at the beginning of the course.  This is a graded course.  All assignments must be completed to pass the course.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, successful learners will be able to:

  • Discuss the benefits and challenges of clinical communications and information exchange  
  • Interpret clinical and interface terminologies  
  • Explain health information systems infrastructure, technology and applications  
  • Examine the collaboration essential to the development of health information systems  
  • Understand the development of health information standards and the impact on health information management  
  • Comprehend various types of health information systems  
  • Discuss electronic health record systems including the implicit case for quality and change  
  • Comprehend the essential underpinning of the health information management lifecycle and the impact of each stage on health information systems and technology  

course prerequisites

HIMP 2230, HIMP 2210, HIMP 2240, CSIS 2200 

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.