Health Informatics and Healthcare Analytics Free Information Session


Talk about our program. Both the informatics program and
the analytics program. And, we will have a short
video that we show you. And then, we will go ahead and answer
questions that you may have at the end. And discuss the program further,
if you want some clarifications or additional information. One thing that we are very interested
in is, finding out about you. So, I can see that some of you
are already taking our two full questions that we have. Which program are you interested in and
what is your goal for the program. Additionally at the end, we’ll probably
talk a little bit more about that. And any particulars that you have,
based on what you’re interested in. We’ll also, at the end of this session,
we’ll collect everybody’s email addresses. And we will go ahead and
send an email thanking you for this. And also letting you know about
the discount coupon that’s available for anybody that would like
to enroll this quarter. And that date, the course begins April
6th, and then also to ask the survey. One thing UC Davis Extension
is very proud of is, that we always want to be
continuously improving. And provide better education for
our students, so we do quite a bit of
information gathering. To make sure that we’re providing
the best possible programs for you. So with that, please join us. I’m sure there will be a few
other people that straggle in and have good attendance today. We’re very, very happy to have so
many people. And we have a video about the two
programs that we’re going to watch in just a second.>>Welcome to the information session for health informatics and
healthcare analytics. Today, I’m going to give you
just a very brief background. And then, spend most of our time together,
this program options. For those who are contemplating
a career change, please feel welcome to be
in touch with our staff. For a presentation on
careers in informatics, that we’d be happy to
make available to you. We’ll start with a brief look
at the health IT landscape. Some of you may be familiar
with the High Tech Act. Which was enacted in 2009, as part of
the American Recovery and Investment Act. And the purpose of the HITECH Act
was to promote the adoption of electronic health records. In essence, providing a platform for
technology enabled health care. You can see here in this slide, which looks at the time
period from 2008 to 2013. That there has been rapid improvement in the adoption of electronic
health records among hospitals. As of 2013, over 94% had adopted. The movement toward technology
enabled health care. Has contributed tremendously to our
workforce needs around health IT. In this chart, from the Office of
the National Coordinator of Health IT. You see the number of online health IT job
postings from the period 2007 and 2012. With the red depicting clinical users and the blue depicting health IT
implementation and support positions. And as you can see, over this period. There has been tremendous growth
in both types of professionals. And the work is not done. According to the ONC’s new Health IT
Strategic Plan for the period 2015-2020. There are a new set of goals, now that we
have electronic health records in place. And those goals are around advancing
person-centered and self-managed care. Transforming how care is delivered,
fostering research knowledge and innovation and
enhancing the health IT infrastructure. In essence,
to promote a learning healthcare system. That will improve health for individuals,
communities and populations. And given that,
we expect hiring to continue, though the nature of the work is shifting. With health record systems
now widely in place, the work ahead is really about
optimizing and enhancing those systems. As well as,
improving the clinical workflows for clinicians who use those systems. Also, securely exchanging
interoperable health information. So, that different health
systems can talk to each other. And, so that various providers within the
healthcare ecosystem can all share data about that patient. So, securely exchanging
interoperable health information. So, that different health
systems can talk to each other. And so, that various providers
within the health care ecosystem can all share
data about that patient. There’s also work to be done in supporting
the transition to value based payment. In measuring cost and measuring outcomes. As well, using data to improve care and
using technology to engage patients. So with that in mind, I’d like to spend a few minutes
talking about our two programs. Health Informatics and Healthcare Analytics, as well as
a customized certificate option. For those who want to consider
drawing coursework from both programs. I think it’s important to clarify where our programs are situated
in the landscape of informatics. Because Informatics includes
bioinformatics, imaging informatics, clinical and public health informatics. So, there are programs
available in bioinformatics. That focus more on the information at
the molecular and cellular level and more on basic research. Our program is clearly situated
around healthcare, delivery. And the use of information to
improve individual health, as well as community and
population health. Really connecting that bridge
between clinical informatics and public health informatics. Both of our programs are part of
the larger health informatics landscape. So, I want to spend a moment focusing
on the distinctions between these two programs. Recognizing that there
are obvious interactions between these kinds of functions. So first, Informatics is more
foundational and comprehensive. Emphasizing the design improvement and utilization of clinical
information systems. So course work there,
focuses on a broad array of health IT and Informatics content. Including information systems analysis and
design. Usability, EHR design and
the components of an EHR system. Also, there’s depth of
content on data standards and issues in data exchange and data security. As well as, decision support and
clinical applications. Analytics is a newer program
introduced in winter of 2014. With a tight focus on the use and analysis of data,
both clinical and claims data. So the focus of this program,
is more on statistics and data mining. And some also coverage
of data management but it’s really about how you
draw insights from data. Through the analysis process, as well
as data visualization and presentation. I’d like to start first with sharing
additional information about the Informatics Program. So, the Health Informatics certificate
consists of six courses and a minimum of 19 quarter minutes. These are all academic,
letter graded courses. The foundational core,
comprises the four courses you see here. And comprehensive introduction
to Health Informatics. A course on health information systems,
analysis and design. Which really looks at the process
of designing systems, using an EHR as the case study. Although, those same principles can also
be applied to enhancements to the EHR. Or, any other system that you might
be engaged in helping to develop. Third is Clinical Data and
Electronic Health Records. So here is where we dive much deeper on
the data standards in health care and also the design of electronic
health record systems. And then lastly,
Clinical Decision Support. Which is fundamentally about
medical decision making and some of the algorithms that sit underneath
that as well as decision support applications that will serve as
a complement to clinical judgment. You then have the option of choosing
two electives among these five courses. So we have several electives
that focus on the application of informatics in a particular context. As well as a couple of courses
that focus more on some of the underlying technology issues. So you see here the elective options are,
Public Health Informatics, Consumer and Mobile Health Informatics,
and Telemedicine. And then, as well, of course, on Computer Security & Privacy
in Healthcare Informatics, and Interoperability &
Health Information Exchange. Well these are academic
letter graded courses. I think it’s important to emphasize that
each course has a blend of theory and application. And so
you see here some of the sample lear ning activities that you will
undertake in our courses. Things like developing a concept model or
a data model, or preparing the work breakdown
structure,.developing a requirements elicitation plan to get input
on systems design issues. Developing a prototype of a clinical
decision support application. And so, these are just examples
of things that you will do. It’s not a comprehensive list but
just an illustration so that you understand that
this is hands-on learning. In addition to the hands-on learning
opportunities, a big part of the learning experience is engaging and interacting
with other professionals like yourself. Here from our most recent student survey,
you get a glimpse of who our students are in this most current cohort, and you
can see little over half of our students self identify as being chiefly in
a clinical role, and that spans nursing. Also physicians, pharmacists and others. We also have students that are chiefly in information technology roles that
provide support as well as others. The opportunity to engage with
people who work in a different role, really enriches the classroom. And it’s been so exciting to see
the dialogue between a clinician and those who maybe work in systems
analysis or programming roles. It’s really some magic that happensthere
when people understand this health IT Eeosystem from
a variety of perspectives. We’re often asked,
who do our students work for? And so here we wanted to provide
you just some sample job titles and sample employers, so you get a sense of
diversity of professionals in the program. You’ll notice there are quite a variety of
roles as well as individuals who work for payors, for providers in large systems,
smaller systems, governmental entities as well
as technology companies. Our students are also diverse in
terms of their geographic location. So you see here in this chart,
very few of our students, less than 20%, are actually
situated right around UC Davis. Rather about 60% of our students
come from all across California and another 40% are working in other states or
even in other countries. I’d like to shift gears now and talk a little more about
the Healthcare Analytics Program. The Healthcare Analytics Program is
comprised of five required courses for a total of 15 units. It begins with an introduction to
healthcare analytics which looks at how data are being used to
support improved health outcomes. And kind of the state of affairs of
where we are in building the analytics enterprise within healthcare. We also look at emerging
business models and the transition to value based purchasing. We then move to a course on healthcare
data acquisition and management to acquaint you with all of the kinds of
data, the kinds of systems they come from, the challenges inherent in that data,
how you deal with data quality issues, and then emerging models for data
management, such as clinical registries. And then we go into a three course
series that’s very heavily applied where you will be conducting
statistical analyses, data mining and
applying other quantitative methods. As with the informatics program,
there’s a blend of theory and application, so
I wanted to give you a sense of some of the sample learning
activities in these courses. In the health data management and acquisition course you will get hands-on
experience preparing data for analysis. And then you’ll undertake a series of
courses where you actually will conduct and present analyses using a variety of
statistical and data mining techniques. And the again,
lastly presenting that data. Learning how to tell the story
of the insights gained and the implications for decision making. Though our focus is not on teaching tools,
it is on teaching the concepts and the applications, we do use
a variety of tools in these courses. Currently we’re using Excel,
NoSQL, SAS Studio, SAS Enterprise Miner,
Tableau and Eventflow. The analytics student population
is also quite diverse. It looks very similar to the informatics
student population in many ways in terms of some of the clinical and IT titles. But here we’re also seeing
more operational titles. Business Analyst, Chief Operating Officer,
Director of Clinical Forecasting. And so, it is an even more
diverse student population. And then again,
we will see students from both payers and providers, consulting companies and
others. So it’s quite a diverse group of students that you will get to interact
with in the courses. Lastly, I wanted to addres
the customized certificate option. We hear from many students who want
a little bit of informatics and a little bit of analytics. And while we contemplate the amount of integration there might be between
these two programs in the future, there is an option to customize
a certificate around these two programs. The customized certificate
option tat UCDavis extension, allows you to combine two or
more certificates. One of the things that’s important to keep
in mind however is that you maybe required to take more units than you would if you
had persuade one individual program. It is up to you to propose
the program that you wanna pursue and your rationale for that, and
your preparation to undergo that. And then, your proposal is subject to
the approval by the program directors of all included programs. This is to ensure that you’ll have
a satisfying learning experience and also will develop the body of knowledge
that you need to be effective in the position that you aspire to. As you contemplate the fit of one or
both programs for your situation, I wanted to say a few words about required
and recommended preparation for study. As an open access institution, UC Davis extension tries to minimize the
barriers we place in front of learners. And so ultimately you will decide if
you’re ready to sample a class and undergo a program. That said, I wanted to at least
share with you what we assume or what we have assumed in
building these programs. So in informatics, there are no formal
educational pre-requisites, but it is geared to
a post-baccalaureate level. So we assume some prior
College level preparation. We also recommend prior experience in
healthcare or course work in healthcare, such that you have a basic knowledge
of the US healthcare system and basic medical terms. We also recommend an understanding
of relational database design and computer networking. Finally strong project management skills. In the analytics program we recommend
prior course work in statistics. This program would be
quite challenging for someone with no statistical background. It too is geared to the post
baccalaureate level and here we recommend prior
experience in healthcare. Probably not a good program for
a career changer. We also recommend prior data management
experience, familiarity with clinical or claims data, strong analytic and
statistical skills. I wanna dive now into
the online course experience. Each of our courses is structured so
that we release a lesson or a module on a weekly basis, so that you are traveling through that
content with your peer learners. That said,
most courses use an asynchronous design, meaning you can be online at the time and
place of your choosing so long as you complete all
requirements within the week. Each week there’ll be one or more lessons
for you to view which has been carefully prepared by your faculty member and
other guest experts. And then generally there will be some
kind of discussion assignment or a learning activity that you engage in and then discuss with the faculty and
your student peers. At certain intervals there will
also be assignments generally, authentic hands-on kinds of assignments. Though of course,
the occasional exam or two. With all that said we advise you to plan
on spending 6-9 hours/week per course. It may vary, there may be some
weeks that are a little shorter, some weeks that are a little longer. But generally 6-9 hours/week is a safe bet
for the investment you’ll need to make. Finally I wanna say a few
words about program costs. Each program has a certificate
application fee, currently set at $45. Though we recommend that
you sample a course before you make a commitment
to the program. So that application and fee are due
generally by the end of the second class. Each course is paid on a course by
course basis which allows you to spread the cost of education
over your time in the program. Current fees are set at $1,200 per course. As a self supporting division,
that is truly the cost of delivering this quality of instruction with
the quality of faculty that we have. Textbooks are an additional cost. Where applicable, not every
course will prescribe a textbook. We also make heavy use of electronic
readers and we’ll always look for materials in the open source domain where
we can find them to keep your cost down. There are options for those who are in
special programs such as the G.I. Bill or Job training funds and our Student Services office can help you
with that if you are in that category. There are also educational loan options
for those interested in certificates, though not financial aid in
kind of the traditional sense. We also offer discounts for UC alumni, you are a graduate of any UC,
as well as group enrollments. And of course those who engage in this
information session also will be sent a coupon for participating. That concludes our information session. Our staff are here and on the line and
are happy to answer your questions. So please ask away. And then also,
as you digest this information, if you have questions over
the next few days or beyond, here is where you can reach us,
530-757-8993. Or you can find us online at
EXTENSION.UCDAVIS.EDU/HEALTHSCIENCES. We look forward to hearing from you and
to having you in class.>>And with that everybody, we’ll go ahead and
launch into any questions you may have. If you can just type your question
in the prompts, we’ll see those and we’ll respond. We do have a few already. The first question is,
if I don’t have a healthcare background is this the right program for
me and am I qualified? Yes you are, we’ve had many people
who have had more of an IT background that have taken the program. But you’ll have to realize that that
means that there’s probably some health vocabulary, health terminology. And some different information and
content about health that you’ll need to account [UNKNOWN courses] and
so you wanna plan for that. It may take you a little bit longer
because you might be doing some extra additional research. Maybe an hour or two a week just to make
sure that you’re up to date on trends in the healthcare industry. The same thing applies if you
have very little IT background. Just know that you can approach the
courses with your health background and do very well, but you will have to focus a little bit
more on getting up to speed with the IT. And those are probably great questions to
have a conversation with one of the three of us to really make sure we understand
exactly what you would be undergoing if you enroll in the courses and what things
you might wanna do maybe ahead of time, or what things you might wanna do as
you’re getting into the courses in terms of making sure that
you’re on pace with that. We just put our PowerPoint
presentation that has our names and our contact information. Again, I’m Howard Mahoney. Also here in case there
are particular questions for them to answer are Jacalyne Adkins and
Caroline Luscombe. And then there’s a phone number there
which is our general line phone number. One of three of us would almost always
be able to answer that phone if not will callback very shortly. And then Jacalyne’s email is right
there so you can contact her directly. At the bottom of the screen, you’ll also
see that there is a general web page which I would imagine is run a webinar. You’ve probably already seen that and that’s what led you to
enroll in our webinar. Okay we have one other question. I have limited programming experience,
how technical our course is? It’s not necessary to have
programming skills, but you should be familiar with
the how the technology and programming concepts that are used with
them in healthcare field recognize what programming code looks like as well as
the intent of it and how it functions. You learn about data principals and
how to organize data. You learn about data management
in some of the course. And we try to be very specific before
you get into the courses to exactly what technology you may be using. The first courses, the intro,
the data is really, or the program is not really required. There’s not so
much in the technology you need to know. Then as you build throughout the courses,
you’ll gain that capacity. Okay, did anybody else
have any other questions? We just have a question,
can you enroll in just one or two persons, definitely not all of our
students to take the certificate. The majority of our students do complete,
you don’t have to complete sequentially. Some students will take a course,
take a couple quarters off, then come back and
take an additional course. It’s tailored to your schedule and
to your requirements. Well, we’ve had many people that
have taken just one course. Sometimes that’s the intro course,
sometimes they’ve contacted us and said, look, I’ve got his experience and
background. Can I take this one course because
that would be very helpful to And we just want to make sure that if we
are entering people into a course that’s a more advanced course, that they’re
going to transition to that course well. And not have to worry
about the technology, and not have to worry about
the advanced nature of that course. And be able to benefit from it, as opposed to having to struggle all
the time to keep up with the pace. We’re getting a few questions, there’s
a few raised hands that aren’t being followed by other questions, so if you can
just type your question into the box that would be helpful so we can see them and
make sure that we respond to you. One question we have frequently,
we don’t have it right now but I thought we should mention it, is there
is a UC Davis, Masters in Informatics. That’s a little different
than the certificate. One, it’s a master’s degree which
obviously is going to be a different standard. It’s a little more research focused,
and there’s definitely a little bit more intensity to the level of
theory that’s taught in the courses. The certificate’s designed
around a balance of theory and pragmatic application of that theory,
to hands on activities and exercises, and your job,
your role in employment. The masters deals with
theory a little bit more and moves into a higher level of research,
and moving what you’ve learned within that masters into application
within the field at a much higher level. Basically I know I’m just implying
the difference between the certificate and the master’s, but we do get that question. Many of the faculty from
the master’s program are instructors in the courses that we offer. And they don’t directly correlate, but many of the topics
are lined up with each other. So if you have questions in detail
about what the master’s is, compared to what the certificate is, please
contact me directly, Howard Mahoney. I’ll go ahead and list my email out,
but it’s available and you can always have Jackie or
Jacalyne forward it to us. My email is [email protected] I’d be happy to discuss the master’s
versus the certificate with you. One other question is about
the Health Informatics job market. Susan covered that a little bit. We actually have another presentation
on that, that if you’re interested In Health Informatics, and
you’re not already in the field or you don’t know that much about the field,
let us know. We’ll be happy to send you, and anybody
else that’s interested in a sample lesson, let us know. We would be happy to send you information
to access our sample lesson on the Health Informatics and
Analytics curriculum. As well as, provide you access to
about a ten minute presentation on Health Informatics and Analytics
careers, and where the trends are in that. We have kind of a follow up question. How long does it take to
complete the Certificate Program? We’ve had people that have
completed within one year. Of course that’s a challenge, because that means you’re probably
taking two courses a quarter. Remember everybody, these are University
of California credits, so you will have a good amount of work. We estimate about three
to seven hours per week, depending on if it’s a project
that’s due that week, or how much research you may have to do into health or
IT, if you don’t have that background. Reading and then especially how much
time you spend on the discussion forums. We do have discussions
most weeks in the courses. And that’s one of the things that many
students have actually reflected as one of the most positive parts of the course is
interacting with other students that have slightly different backgrounds, or even
a completely different career pathway and getting their perspective on the topics. I would say that the average of completing
the course is, is about a year and a half, or five quarters,
we’re on the quarter system. And that’s usually taking a course per
quarter, and maybe one quarter and doubling up on all those
sorts of pathways. We had a question about UC Alumni, I know
we covered that in the presentation, but if you just have questions particular
to that, please contact us. There is a one night discount,
it varies for the cost of courses, and
we’ll get you that information. And also especially how to access that so that the discount is
applied when you enroll. Okay, we seem not to have any other
questions, so we’ll wait for a minute for anyone that just thinks of one or
may be trying to format them. And with that we will be in
contact later today with an email. Please respond back if there’s anything
else you know, or any other questions that come to mind, or you’d like us to contact
you to get into a more thorough discussion of any particular aspects
of either of the programs. We appreciate you all very much. Reminder, because of
your attendance of this, there is a coupon code available
should you decide to enroll. The number is 5307578993. Thank you very much. If you do have a question, I’ll answer
it for the next couple minutes. But we appreciate your attendance, and hope to talk to you further
in the near future. Have a great day everybody.

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