MODULE 1: INTRODUCTION TO INFORMATICS AND PROGRESS TOWARD A COMMUNITY OF HEALTH AND WELLNESS

Goals:

  • Discuss, with supporting evidence, both the positive and the negative aspects of the addition of computer and information processing to healthcare.
  • Explain the transformation of healthcare during the period of the advancement of science and the computing.
  • Compelling explain the complexities, issues, and difficulties the industry faces as it tries to provide high quality healthcare at affordable prices.

Overview

The introduction of computers into our world has been chaotic, stressful, and full of ups and downs. Like most disruptive technologies, the dramatic improvements many have seen have come at a cost that is not clear to us all. Nowhere is this truer than the impact of computing on healthcare. The purpose of this class is to survey the trends and their impacts, and to better understand and figure out how to deal with the changes in the business of healthcare and the impact it will have on everyone (including healthcare workers, administrators, support personnel, patients, families and friends of patients, other healthcare providers, suppliers, insurance companies, governmental agencies, the police, first responders, etc.)

This course is designed to serve those in the healthcare domain and those wishing to learn more about, and possibly serve, the domain. The course will require the careful study of the textbook, additional web research, and discussions with classmates, work mates, friends, and family to build a broader and more realistic view of what has been happening to healthcare and where it is likely to go.

ReadImproving Efficiency through Technology, Analytics, and Management: Chapters 1-3

ASSIGNMENT

Your assignment this week has two parts:

  1. Produce answers to a set of essay questions. After doing the reading for this module we expect you to spend roughly 8 hours doing detailed research, writing, editing, and polishing your submission. Do not just answer the questions. Demonstrate your understanding of the material by digging deeper, getting to the heart of the matter and make clear you fully appreciate the why and how as well as the what. Some questions may intrigue you and prompt you to research and write more.  Others may seem obvious to you and a short concise answer seems to be best. One size seldom fits all, especially in medicine.

Remember to submit your Essay Assignment to the dropbox following the file naming convention FirstInitial.LastName_M01.docx. For example, J.Smith_M01.docx. Remember that it is not necessary to manually type in the file extension; it will automatically append.

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