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The Culture of Health Care   NEW!

Component Overview

For individuals not familiar with health care, this component addresses job expectations in health care settings. It discusses how care is organized within a practice setting, privacy laws, and professional and ethical issues encountered in the workplace.

Component Objectives

At the completion of this component, the student will be able to:

  • Describe the major types of clinical personnel involved in health care, including their education and training, certification and licensure, and typical roles in health care.
  • Describe the major types of settings in which health care occurs including ambulatory care, acute and emergency care, hospital based and critical care, and community health and public health settings.
  • Describe the major processes of information gathering, analysis, and documentation used by clinicians to detect, understand, and prevent or treat diseases.
  • Give examples and explain the differences between common forms of care delivery including episodic one-on-one care, multidisciplinary care, interdisciplinary care, care of chronic conditions, population based care, disease management, long-term care, and end of life care.
  • Describe the role of community health and public health in managing illness outbreaks, epidemics, and pandemics.
  • Understand the basic principles of evidence-based practice, including the application of the best evidence in clinical decision-making.
  • Describe common forms of quality measurement, performance improvement, and incentive payment schemes meant to influence care delivery.
  • Discuss the role of medical ethics and professional values in care delivery including such issues as ethical conflicts, and health disparities.
  • Understand the concepts underlying the application of privacy, confidentiality, and security to health care practice and information technology, being able to help individuals and organizations adhere to the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules.

NOTE: This course is part of the Health Information Technology Certificate Program but is opened to those not enrolled in the certificate program as well.


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