Health Informatics

We have partnered with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston to provide pharmacy CE credit for their School of Biomedical Informatics HICATT (Health Informatics Curriculum and training for Transformation) Program.

For a bit of background, the activity originally started in response to the federal grant funded by the ONC and was intended to deliver updated and new health information technology training to the clinical workforce.  The topic areas covered are Population Health; Care Coordination; New Care Delivery and Payment Models; Health Care Data Analytics and Value-Based & Patient Centered Care  -- all very important and relevant to a clinician’s practice. 

Below are the objectives for the initiative:

  1. Explore the frameworks relevant to the concept of population health at the community level.
  2. Describe new models of care for population health and the role of payment reform in the context of population health and accountable care, and explain the challenges of chronic care management in populations while analyzing the ways that health IT can be used for effective population management.
  1. Describe the regulations and national initiatives that have promoted the shift to value-based care.
  2. Discuss a variety of new care delivery models for value-based care.
  1. Define patient-centered care coordination, discuss best practice tools and emerging models for care coordination, distinguish care coordination roles and responsibilities, and identify stakeholders.
  2. Describe key elements for transforming to team-based care, identify types of team-based interventions, and implement multi-disciplinary care planning.

This training is designed to help learners acquire knowledge and skills needed to operate more effective in the rapidly changing healthcare environment.  Specifically, the learners will understand principles for care coordination, population health management, value-based purchasing, patient-centered care and data analytics. Most providers have implemented electronic health records pursuant to the HITECH Act and now need to utilize the large amounts of EHR data to manage their patient populations, qualify for positive payment adjustments and prevent negative payment adjustments under value-based purchasing plans. Each topic include activities designed to provide foundational competence.  For example, in the data analytics units, the learners have practice datasets and exercises that walk them through commonly used functionality.

The URL to the full description and registration site is https://sbmi.uth.edu/hicatt/.