Introduction to Health Informatics

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This course is an introduction to Health Informatics. It uses open access content developed by the US Government as part of the “Curriculum Development Centres Program” from The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.

Component Objectives

At the completion of this component, the student will be able to:

  • Describe general functions, purposes and benefits of health information systems in various health care settings
  • Describe the federal initiatives and other significant developments that have influenced the evolution and adoption of health information systems
  • Compare/Contrast different types of health information systems in terms of their ability to meet the needs of various types of health care enterprises
  • Explain how electronic health records affect patient safety, quality care, efficiency, productivity, and reporting/documentation mechanisms
  • Propose strategies to minimize major barriers to the adoption of electronic health records
  • Explain how the principles of health care data exchange and health care data standards relate to patient care, productivity and data analysis

Component Authors

Assigned Institution: Duke University, Durham, NC

Team Lead: Kathy Giannangelo, MA, RHIA, CCS, CPHIMS, FAHIMA, Pitt Community College

Primary Contributing Authors: Constance M. Johnson, MS, PhD, RN, Duke University, Sandra Crockett, RHIA, Pitt Community College

Lecture Narration/Sound Engineer: Raland Technologies LLC, 1387 Fairport Road, Suite 1050 Fairport, NY 14450,, David Flass – Project Manager

Team Members: Brian Reynolds, PhD, Project Lead, Duke Translational Research Institute, Duke University


These materials were prepared under the sponsorship of an agency of the United States Government. Neither the United States Government nor any agency thereof, nor any of their employees, makes any warranty, express or implied, or assumes any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, apparatus, product, or process disclosed, or represents that its use would not infringe privately owned rights. Reference herein to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the United States Government or any agency thereof. The views and opinions of authors expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect those of the United States Government or any agency thereof.

Likewise, the above also applies to the Curriculum Development Centers (including Columbia University, Duke University, Johns Hopkins University, Oregon Health & Science University, University of Alabama at Birmingham, and their affiliated entities).

The information contained in the Health IT Workforce Curriculum materials is intended to be accessible to all.  To help make this possible, the materials are provided in a variety of file formats.  Some people may not find the Flash video and .SWF files accessible and should instead utilize the PowerPoint slides together with the .mp3 audio file and/or Word transcript to access the lectures. For more information, please visit the website of the National Training and Dissemination Center at or to set up a profile and view the full accessibility statement.


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Dr Chris Paton is the Editor of the Health Informatics Forum. He is a Clinical Researcher based at the University of Oxford.

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