Health Informatics (Intermediate Healthcare Administrative Services) - CTE Online Model

by CTE Online Admin

Health Informatics is an emerging field that fosters the acquisition, storage, retrieval and use of information within health care. As information technology advancements become more integral to health care, the demand for health care professionals who can employ and utilize health data is increasing. Health Informatics plays a critical role in enhancing the quality of consumer care, reducing health care costs and providing healthcare access in rural areas. Health Informatics specialty areas include electronic health records, health care insurance billing, telemedicine, and health care delivery systems, including laboratory and public health.

The standards for the Health Informatics pathway and related courses apply to occupations and functions in health information systems and the delivery of healthcare. The standards specify the knowledge and skills common to occupations in this pathway. Students participating in a solid Health Informatics program, can expect to understand patient privacy laws, health care legal and policy issues, front and back office data systems, health information insurance billing, troubleshooting and problem solving, and terminology. Additionally, students will learn different clinical applications in medicine, nursing, pharmacology, laboratory, and public health.

From CALPADS: Intermediate Healthcare Administrative Services (Concentrator)

This concentrator course is designed to provide students specific content knowledge and skills within the Healthcare Administrative Services pathway. Courses are aligned to the basic knowledge levels necessary to learn and recognize word roots, prefixes, and suffixes used in medical language, understand the prevention, wellness, and disease process, and the associated skill application consistent with the Healthcare Administrative Services pathways scope and practice in either direct or indirect client/patient services including short term certifications such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and automated external defilation.

Program Information
CTE Certification Elements
California's 2013 CTE Standards (5)
California's 2008 CTE Standards (69)
California Academic Content Standards (16)
Competencies / Outcomes
  1. Communicate confidential health and medical information accurately and within legal and regulatory guidelines;
  2. Describe effective health care information systems including resources, routes, and information flow;
  3. Identify content and diverse uses of health information and the legal and regulatory guidelines to maintain, store, and communicate accurate and appropriate information;
  4. List quantitative and qualitative requirements applicable to health information and how to analyze the information for designated purposes;
  5. Describe how to read, interpret, and extract information from medical and other documents;
  6. Demonstrate how data are used to enhance clincial care and population health;
  7. Identify networking opportuntiies with other professionals and professional organizations that support health informatics; and
  8. Describe change management principles necessary for technolog adoption at the organizational and systems level.

Careers in Health Informatics

This unit will explore career opportunities within Health Informatics as well as places of employment. The unit will outline the educational requirements for a career in health informatics.

1 weeks

Communicating Confidential Health and Medical Information

This unit will cover information on the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), confidentiality, patient rights, and patient privacy.

1 - 2 weeks

Health Care Information Systems

This unit will cover types of health information systems including electronic and paper. It will provide information on record keeping and requirements for patient record retention.

1 - 2 weeks

Uses of Health Information

This unit will describe the various types and uses for health information and technological advancements that have fostered more efficient health informatics systems.

1 - 2 weeks

Quantitative and Qualitative Requirements & Information Analysis

This unit will describe the qualitative and quantitative evaluation approaches common in health informatics. The unit will also explore how these feedback systems improve quality and efficiency of health informatics systems.

1 weeks

Reading, Interpreting, and Extracting Information

This unit provides students with the opportunity to practice reading, extracting and interpreting health information. It describes the process for using ICD-9 codes for medical billing as well as components to various health information that is used to become the billing source.

3 - 4 weeks
Community Classroom
3 - 4 weeks
6 - 9 weeks