Description: This course uses a policy analysis lens to critically examine issues related to the use of IT in healthcare. It will examine key policies in three areas: clinical informatics, consumer informatics, and population health informatics. The primary focus will be on the U.S. but international approaches will also be discussed.
Course Goals: Students completing the course will (1) understand the policies and government-led efforts that impact (both directly and indirectly) health informatics; and (2) be able to critically analyze these policies in order to understand how they will shape the health informatics landscape as well as to make suggested improvements that are practically and politically feasible. There are specific learning objectives for each session in the syllabus.
Competencies: (1) To understand key regulations and policies that relate to health IT (e.g., the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, HIPAA, Stark).
(2) To understand the key stakeholders involved in and impacted by the key regulations and policies.
(3) To understand and be able to apply a policy analysis framework
(4) To develop policy-relevant writing skills