Health Informatics and Healthcare Analytics Free Information Session



talk about our program book the informatics program and the analytics program and we'll have a short video let me 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 poll 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 well also at the end of this session we'll let 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 day for the courses to begin is April 6 and then also to ask the survey one thing UC Davis extension is very proud of is that we've always wanted to be continuously improving and provide a better education for our students so we do the quite a bit of information gathering to make sure that we're providing the best possible program support so with that please join us I'm sure there'll be a few other people that struggle in and have a good attendance today we're very very happy to have so many people and you have a video about the two programs that we're going to launch in just a second welcome to the information session 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 at presentation on careers and 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 high tech act was to promote the adoption of electronic health records in essence providing a platform for technology enabled healthcare 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 percent had adopted the movement toward technology enabled healthcare 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 in the blue depicting health IT implementation and support positions and as you can see over this period there's 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 to 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 health care 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 healthcare 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 costs 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 is informatics includes bioinformatics imaging informatics clinical and public health informatics so there are programs available in bioinformatics that focus more on 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 coursework 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 is depth of content on data standards 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 units 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 healthcare 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 a 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 a course on computer security and privacy in healthcare informatics and interoperability in health information exchange while 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 learning activities that you will undertake in our courses things like developing a concept model or a data model or preparing a 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 a little over half of our students self-identify as being chiefly in a clinical role and that spams 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 dialog between a clinician and those who maybe work in systems analysis or programming roles it's really some magic that happens there when people understand this health IT ecosystem 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 the diversity of professionals in the program you'll notice there are quite a variety of roles as well as individuals who work for payers for provider 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 then 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 tool it is on teaching the concepts and the applications we do use a variety of tools in these courses currently we're using Excel no sequel SAS studio SAS Enterprise miner tableau and event flow 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 address 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 at UC Davis extension allows you to combine two or more certificates one of the things that's important to keep in mind however is that you may be required to take more units than you would if you had pursued one individual program it is up to you to propose the program that you want to 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 and 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 we'll 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 assumed or what we have assumed in building these programs so in informatics there are no formal educational prerequisites 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 coursework 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 coursework 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 want to 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 six to nine hours week per course it may vary there may be some weeks they're a little shorter some weeks that are a little long longer but generally six to nine hours a week is a safe bet for the investment you'll need to make finally I want to 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 or do generally by the end of the second class each course is paid on a course-by-course basis which allows you to spread the costs 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 costs down there are options for those who are in special programs such as the GI 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're 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 five three oh seven five seven eight nine nine three or you can find us online at extension UC Davis tide edu slash Health Sciences we look forward to hearing from you and to having you in class you and with that everybody will go ahead and launch into any questions you may have to have if you could just type your question in the prompt we'll see those and we'll respond we do have a few already the first question is if I don't have an healthcare background is this the right program for me and am I qualified yes you are we have had many people that 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 for you take the courses and so you want to plan for that they may take you a little bit longer because you might be doing some extra additional research you know maybe an hour to a week just to make sure that you're up-to-date trends in the healthcare industry the same thing applies if you've got very little IT background just know that you can approach the vs. with your health background and knew very well but you will have to focus a little bit more I'm 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 enrolled in the courses and what things you might want to do maybe ahead of time or what things you might 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 very invasive particular questions for them to answer our jacqueline Adkins and Caroline must come and then there's a phone number there which is our German online phone number one of the three of us will almost always be able to answer that phone if not we'll call back very shortly and then Jacqueline's email is right there so you can contact her directly at the bottom of the screen you will also see that there's the general webpage which I'm imagining as we're on 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 are the courses it's not necessary to have programming skills but you should be familiar with the having technology and programming concepts that are used within the healthcare field recognize what programming code looks like as health as well as the intent of it and how it functions you'll learn about data principles and how to organize data you'll learn about data management and some of the courses and we try to be very specific before you get into the courses – exactly what technology you may be using the first courses the intro data is really or the programming is not really required and it's not so much in the technology that 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 had a question can you enroll in just one or two courses definitely not all of our students take the certificate the majority of our students do complete you don't have to complete sequentially some students will take the course take a couple quarters off then come back and take an additional course it's tailored to your schedule and to your requirements but we've had many people that have taken in just one course sometimes that's the intro course sometimes that contacted us and said look I've got this experience and background and I take this one course because that would be very helpful to me and you know we just want to make sure that if we are entering people into a person to more advanced course that they're going to the transition of that first well and not have to worry about the technology and not have to worry about the events 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 getting a few questions or theories ends that aren't being followed by the question so we can just type your question into the box that would be helpful so we can see them and make sure that they respond to you on one question we have frequently we don't have that right now but I thought you should mention it is there is a UC Davis master's 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 certificates 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 learn within that master's into application within the field at a much higher level basically I know I've just defined the difference between the certificate of the masters but we do get that question many of the faculty from the master's program are instructors in the course 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 and detail about what the Masters 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 for Jacqueline forwarded to us my email is HS Mahoney MH o n ey at UC Davis by email I'd be happy to discuss the master's versus the certificate one other question is about the hill 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 anybody else that's interested in the sample lesson let us know we'd 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 a ten minute presentation on health informatics and analytics careers and where the trends are in that whoever kind of follow-up question how long does it take to complete the certificate program we've had people that have completed within one year but first that's a challenge because that means you're probably taking two courses supporter remember everybody these are the 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 RIT if you don't have that background reading and then especially how much time you spend on the discussion of course we do have discussion it's most weeks of 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 either a completely different career pathway and getting their perspective on the topics I would say that the average of completing the courses is about a year and a half or five five quarters we're on the quarter system and that's usually taking a course per quarter and maybe one quarter doubling up on elective those sorts of pathways we had a question about UCLA I know we covered that in the presentation but if just have questions particularly to that um please contact us there is a alumni discount it varies for the cost of courses and we'll get to that information and also especially how to access that so the discount is applied when you enroll okay we see not to have any other questions so we'll wait for a minute for anyone that just thinks of whiners maybe 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 people in the program's we appreciate you all very much reminder because of your attendance at this there is a coupon code available should you decide to enroll the number is five three zero seven five seven eight nine nine three 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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