Introduction to Electronic Health Records

Course Number: MP 150
Transcript Title: Intro to Elect Health Records
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: October 17, 2016
Total Credits: 3
Lecture Hours: 30
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP
Repeats available for credit: 0

Course Description

Introduces basic concepts of use and maintenance of an Electronic Health Records (EHR) system.  Provides exposure to basic navigation of an EHR.  Explores issues around privacy, security, government regulations and ethical legal aspects of the health information technology environment. Recommended: CAS133. Prerequisite: MP111.

Intended Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Apply basic conceptual framework of a medical charting system to the organization and use of an Electronic Health Record (EHR).
  2. Understand and use an Electronic Health Record (EHR) in a medical office.
  3. Apply federal and state regulations and policies to facilitate EHR utilization in the Health Services industry.
  4. Incorporate knowledge of EHR and Personal Health Record (PHR) into their personal health care decisions.
  5. Apply relevant ethical, legal, and security principles to the use of EHR within the health information technology environment.
  6. Analyze trends in EHR data and utilization to improve patient care and population health.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Students will demonstrate these learning outcomes using a combination of strategies that may include the following conducted individually and in cooperation with other students. 

  • Answer theoretical and application questions on chapter specific quizzes and comprehensive tests given throughout the term.
  • Complete chapter specific exercises, assignments and other course related material completed either in class or homework.
  • Actively participate in class in completing actual hands-on exercises using the EHR.

Course Activities and Design

Lecture, in-class computer simulation, in-class and out-of-class assignments, discussion, quizzes, and exams 

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  1. Understand basic concepts and functionality of (Electronic Health Record) EHR’s and (Patient Medical Record) PMR’s or (Electronic Medical Record) EMR.
    • Know how to navigate in the system easily
    • Understand the importance of data back-up
    • Differentiate between electronic medical records (EMR) and a practice management system
    • Describe the process in compliance report with regard to errors inpatient care
  2. Apply this understanding of EHR functionality in the actual use of student version of an EHR.
    • Create a patient’s medical record
    • Input patient data into the HER
    • Document patient care accurately into the medical record
    • Identify methods of organizing the patient’s medical record based on either problem-oriented medical records (POMR) or source-oriented medical records (SOMR)
  3. Understand how EHR functionality may differ depending on what environment you work in.
  4. Understand basic concepts of recent federal and state policies supporting adoption of EHR’s and Meaningful Use.
    • Be able to explain meaningful use at it applies to EMR
  5. Understand basic concepts of implementation process
    • Explore how technology influences implementation and use of EHRs.
    • Apply learning to work environments using and/or implementing EHRs.
  6. Understand Personal Health Records history, use and current adoption in the Columbia Gorge.
  7. Understand HIPAA and what that means for practices with EHR’s, EMR’s and PMR’s.
    • Apply HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act) to the EMR and its use
    • Protect the integrity of the medical record
  8. Analyze trends in using EHR’s and the data derived from them to improve patient care and population health.
  9. Perform routine maintenance of the EHR include back-ups

Department Notes

This is a required course which fulfills a portion of the curriculum for the certificate in Medical Assisting. The extent of transferability or credit allowed for the course would be dependent upon the institution and the program to which the student is transferring.