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Health Informatics Skills Using the EHR

Using technology to control and safeguard the collection, organization, structure, processing and delivery of health information.

Critical Work Functions

  • Understand use of technology in maintaining electronic health records
    • Create and update documents within the electronic health record (EHR) and the personal health record (PHR) using electronic tools and applications (including portable computing devices, word processing, spreadsheet, database, and desktop presentation applications)
      • Locate and retrieve information in the electronic health record for various purposes
        • Understand the organization's mission and functions as it pertain to its EHR's application and its meaningful use
          • Utilize mainstream software to complete job-specific tasks, and understand the interaction between mainstream and EHR technology
            • Follow security and privacy policies and procedures to the use of networks, including intranet and Internet
              • Follow confidentiality and security measures to protect electronic health information
                • Differentiate between primary and secondary health data sources and databases
                  • Identify classification and systematic health-related terminologies for coding and information retrieval
                    • Know the policies and procedures related to populating and using the health data content within primary and secondary health data sources and databases
                      • Resolve minor technological problems associated with using an EHR
                        • Utilize basic IT "troubleshooting" processes to identify the root cause of an IT-related problem
                          • Utilize IT Help Desk for problem resolution where necessary to maximize efficiency & effectiveness
                            Technical Content Areas

                            • Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE)
                              • Quality improvement and reporting
                                • E-Prescribing
                                  • Specialized health information software applications (e.g., computer-based documentation systems for point-of-care, computerized physician order entry, coding)
                                    • Mainstream software applications (e.g., spreadsheets, databases, email, Web 2.0, mobile applications)
                                      • Hardware and communication technologies and formats related to personal health records