HITT208 Healthcare Quality Improvement

Department of Professional Studies: Health Information Technology

I. Course Number and Title
HITT208  Healthcare Quality Improvement
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
HITT190 (C or better)
V. Other Pertinent Information
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course covers quality assessment and improvement, providing a basis for developing skills in collecting and analyzing data. Topics include healthcare evaluation systems and the role of HIT professionals in quality improvement, clinical pathways, case management, utilization management, risk management, infection control, and medical staff credentialing.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. use quality improvement tools and techniques to monitor, report, and improve the accuracy of the health record;
    2. identify the effective use of teams in performance improvement activities;
    3. identify potential risk management issues;
    4. maintain medical staff credentialing procedures; and
    5. demonstrate an understanding of compliance with governmental and organizational regulations and accreditation standards.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. performance improvement (PI) foundations, fundamentals, and core principles
    2. national patient safety goals
    3. pay for performance
    4. "never events"
    5. community-acquired and healthcare-associated infections
    6. terminology and standards common to performance improvement activities
    7. the organization-wide performance improvement cycle
    8. the team-based performance improvement cycle
    9. principal aspects of healthcare that are targeted for performance measurement
    10. outcomes and proactive risk reduction in performance improvement
    11. brainstorming and the nominal group technique
    12. internal and external benchmark comparison
    13. data aggregation in support of data analysis
    14. various data types
    15. graphic presentation of data
    16. internal and external customers
    17. surveys and interviews
    18. case management functionality
    19. criteria sets/core measures
    20. infection control
    21. governmental organizations that develop healthcare regulations
    22. risk management
    23. Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO)
    24. accreditation, certification, and licensure organizations
    25. hospital-related statistical terms
    26. morbidity and mortality rates
    27. Medicare requirements in healthcare
    28. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability (HIPAA)
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    The assessment of course learning goals will be based on classroom discussions, written exams, assignments, papers, and/or performance-based tasks and projects.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    See course syllabus.

Revision/Approval Date: Approved 6/15/2011; New Core 8/2015