Health Informatics in the Cloud

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Health Informatics in the Cloud

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Health Informatics in the Cloud
The course Health Informatics in the Cloud is an online class provided by Udacity. The skill level of the course is Beginner. It may be possible to receive a verified certification or use the course to prepare for a degree.

This class is offered as CS6440 at Georgia Tech where it is a part of the Online Masters Degree (OMS). Taking this course here will not earn credit towards the OMS degree.

Course description
  • Health Informatics in the Cloud
  • 5 weeks
  • Applications and Analysis
  • This is a survey course designed to provide a broad, forward-facing overview of contemporary health informatics, a specialized field of computing that seeks to improve the quality and efficiency of healthcare delivery. To understand health informatics (HIT) you also need to have at least a basic understanding of the complex and highly regulated US healthcare industry. The course is designed for students from diverse backgrounds and who have not been previously exposed to HIT. It is divided into three sections:
  • The US healthcare delivery and the key role of the federal government in promoting HIT adoption
  • The core technologies that drive all contemporary HIT systems and tools
  • The real world applications of HIT from electronic medical and personal health records to exploiting digital data aggregated from them for research and other purposes
  • The US Healthcare System
  • Federal Policies & Initiatives
  • Health Information Exchange
  • Privacy, Security and Trust
  • Data Standards
  • Interoperability Standards
  • Clinical Data Collection and Visualization Challenges
  • Empowering the Patient
  • Population Health Management
  • Data Query in a Federated Environment
  • Big Data Meets Healthcare
  • Key problems
  • Specific challenges presented by chronic disease
  • Major disconnect between the health system’s capabilities and the demands of chronic disease management
  • The hope that a combination of new incentives, health IT adoption, and new models of care can bridge this disconnect leading to a more efficient, effective, safer and more patient-centered US system of care
  • The important details of the specific programs that the federal government has put into place to spur health IT adoption by eligible providers and hospitals
  • The role played by financial incentives that reward performance, rather than the quantity of procedures
  • The rationale for and the major challenges of health information exchange (HIE)
  • Various ways of classifying HIE
  • How to differentiate the various HIE architectures
  • Indiana Health Information Exchange as a premier example including descriptions of its key services
  • New approaches and technologies with a particular emphasis on Direct HIE, a new technology based on secure email and encrypted attachments
  • Key issues of privacy, security, and trust in a world of digital records and health information exchange
  • The key role that patient engagement plays in chronic disease prevention and management
  • Concerns patients have about sharing their health data
  • Various privacy consent models
  • Data segmentation as a key challenge for obtaining patient consent under what may be the most acceptable model
  • Concept of public key infrastructure (PKI) including the roles of the public key, private key, registration authority and certificate authority
  • Rationale for standards and the evolutions that have been taking place in their use, technology and structure
  • Difference between a classification and an ontology
  • Key data standards (including ICD, CPT, LOINC and SNOMED)
  • Differences between standards based on EDI/X12 and XML
  • How data is transmitted within messages using HL7 and packaged into CCDA-based clinical documents for sharing via HIE
  • The course is self-contained so there are no academic prerequisites. A knowledge of web programming (e.g. Java, Javascript, C++, C#) is required by at least some members of each team to do the team project.
  • See the Technology Requirements for using Udacity.
  • Healthcare is the largest industry in the US. Spurred by new federal programs and incentives, the adoption of health IT is growing very rapidly, leading to many new career and entrepreneurial opportunities. The increasing use of modern web, mobile and sensor technologies in health informatics is also growing rapidly and is leading to many new and innovative approaches. Students who are trained and well-qualified in this field are in great demand.

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Health Informatics in the Cloud

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Artificial Intelligence

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Online, self-paced (see curriculum for more information)



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Health Informatics in the Cloud

To obtain a verified certificate from Udacity you have to finish this course or the latest version of it, if there is a new edition. The class may be free of charge, but there could be some cost to receive a verified certificate or to access the learning materials. The specifics of the course may have been changed, please consult the provider to get the latest quotes and news.
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