Please Note: This program will not be offered in the future and is not accepting new students. The information below is provided as a reference for current students in the program.
(If you are interested in advancing your career in health information technology, explore the online M.S. in Management of Health Informatics and Analytics program, HealthInformatics@GW.)
The Health Information Technology (HIT) certificate is structured to provide clinical professionals and persons in leadership roles in public sector health care organizations with the core skills needed to understand HIT processes and make better IT decisions in their organizations.
Persons completing this certificate will be expected to:
♦ Manage the information technology resources in health care organizations
♦ Assess and understand the requirements for specific health information technologies
♦ Link information technology to improved clinical outcomes and administrative decision making
♦ Formulate and implement health information technology policy for their organizations
♦ Effectively manage organizational change processes associated with IT implementation
♦ Formulate strategies to help assure health information security
♦ Evaluate the multiple electronic health record options currently available
Visionary leadership is foundational to any significant organizational change effort. Only eleven percent of hospitals and twenty percent of physician offices have adopted electronic health records as part of their basic operations. Funding the IT hardware and software and then putting it in the hospital or clinic is only the first step. Persons throughout the organization must be able to fundamentally change the way they have traditionally done their work in order to use most efficiently the benefits of information technology. Clinicians, health care executives and public health leaders are central to this effort given the resistance to change inherent in virtually every health care organization. Partnering with the GW Medical Faculty Associates (MFA) will give those in our training program the opportunity to discuss and work with current HIT specialists and end-users in the clinical environment.
The clinicians and public health leaders must be able to understand the nature of the work of health care delivery and have a good understanding of the IT processes in order to have credibility with their peers and with IT experts. In this program, we address three sub-groups of learners: physicians, nurses and community health center directors. Physicians and nurses have traditionally been seen as the clinical leaders in their organizations. Community health center directors will be specifically targeted due to the increased emphasis the federal government is placing on funding these organizations as a way of providing primary care to a large number of persons who might not otherwise be able to receive care except through their local hospital emergency departments. Decision makers in public and private health care delivery organizations will also benefit from this academic preparation.
Upon completion of the certificate, HIT Program students should possess the following functional competencies:
• Manage the information technology resources in health care organizations
Students should possess the knowledge and understanding to be able to discuss the principles of managing health IT from multiple perspectives including clinical, administrative and decision support. One of the important skills in this area is developing the ability to help their organizations make informed decisions with respect to IT acquisition. Relevant courses: ISTM 6226, HSML 6208 and HSML 6299
• Assess and understand the requirements for specific health information technologies.
Students should be able to define clearly the specific requirements associated with multiple forms of health IT. In addition to system requirement, the student needs to take into account the requirements of end users and basic construction of how health IT is stored and used. Relevant courses: ISTM 6226, HSML 6208 and HSML 6299
• Link information technology to improved clinical outcomes and administrative decision making.
Students should be able to help guide the selection and implementation of health IT with specific attention paid to improving clinical outcomes and improving administrative decisions. Relevant courses: ISTM 6202, ISTM 6226, HSML 6208, HSML 6216 and CSci 4532.
• Formulate and implement health information technology policy for their organizations.
Students should be capable providing leadership in crafting the policies associated with health IT selection and implementation. Students will be able to serve as a resource for the requirements of government, legal and professional policies. Relevant courses: CSci 4532 and PubH 6099.
• Effectively manage organizational change processes associated with IT implementation
Students will have the capability to provide the leadership in their organizations during their adoption of health IT. Students will be familiar with and know how to effectively implement organizational change with particular attention paid to overcoming resistance and obtaining buy-in from multiple stakeholders. Relevant courses: HSML 6216 and PubH 6099.
• Formulate strategies to help assure health information security
Students will have the ability to develop, plan, implement and interpret policies that help assure the confidentiality and security of health information. . Relevant courses: CSci 4532, ISTM 6202 and ISTM 6206
• Evaluate the multiple electronic health record options currently available
Students will have the knowledge, skills, and understanding to be able to identify and discuss ways in which electronic health records are used throughout the organization and how EHR’s are used improve clinical and organizational performance. Relevant courses: HSML 6208, HSML 6299 and PubH 6099
This certificate is designed to meet the needs of full-time working adult learners who currently possess health care training and/or experience but do not have specific health IT preparation.