Healthcare Information and Management Systems

The Open Learning Initiative (OLI) is collaborating with MoHealthWINs, the Health eWorkforce Consortium, and the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) to design an open and free online course in healthcare information technology, Healthcare Information and Management Systems. This project is a part of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College & Career Training (TAACCT) grant program. The goal of the MoHealthWINS program, located in Missouri, is to elevate healthcare IT workforce development by training, supporting, and assisting veterans and others into healthcare IT employment.  The Health eWorkforce Consortium, located in Washington, is similarly focused on enriching national Health Information Technology development and training efforts.  These two programs are co-creating the content for this course and OLI and CAST are supporting the evidence-centered course design. Once completed in January 2015, this course will be freely available to any institution that is interested in training individuals in the healthcare IT field. Individuals who complete this course will be eligible to take the Certified Associate in Healthcare Information & Management Systems (CAHIMS) exam.
As a part of the project, OLI and CAST collaborated with two industry partners on the project, Austin Regional Clinic in Austin, Texas and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire. The founder and CEO of Austin Regional Clinic and the Chief Operating Officer from Austin Regional Clinic participated in videotaped interviews to discuss their organization's adoption of an Electronic Health Record (EHR) system. Two members of the information technology unit at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center also participated in videotaped interview sessions to discuss their organization's IT disaster preparedness plans.  These interview segments are embedded throughout the course and include corresponding interactive activities and assessment questions.   These industry partnerships have helped to enhance the learning experience for the students and their ability to experience real-life case studies of the content.