HITT105 Legal Aspects of Health Information Technology

Department of Professional Studies: Health Information Technology

I. Course Number and Title
HITT105  Legal Aspects of Health Information Technology
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
V. Other Pertinent Information
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course covers concepts and principles of law found in the healthcare field. The course focuses on legal issues regarding health information, including confidentiality, release of health information, consent forms, liability of healthcare providers, concepts and methods of risk management in the healthcare field, and other current medical/legal issues.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. demonstrate an understanding of HIPAA regulations;
    2. demonstrate an understanding of privacy, security, confidentiality, legal policies and procedures, and ethical issues;
    3. demonstrate an understanding of legal principles impacting Health Information Technology; and
    4. identify the role of the health information professional in legal healthcare compliance.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. historical perspective
    2. introduction to law
    3. tort law
    4. criminal aspects of healthcare
    5. contracts and antitrust
    6. civil procedure and trial practice
    7. corporate structure and liability
    8. medical staff
    9. health information and the law
    10. liability for healthcare professionals
    11. information management and healthcare records
    12. patient consent
    13. legal reporting requirements
    14. patient rights and responsibilities
    15. acquired immune deficiency syndrome
    16. healthcare ethics
    17. professional liability insurance
    18. managed care and organizational restructuring
    19. tort reform and risk reduction
    20. patient safety and zero tolerance
  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