Health Information, Informatics & Systems Program Preview Presented by McMaster Continuing Education

– [Nancy] Good afternoon, everyone, and welcome to our online
session for our diploma programs in Health Information
Management, Health Informatics, and our Professional Development Program in Health Information Systems. My name is Nancy McQuigge,
and I'm the program manager for this cluster of programs that we have, and I'll be facilitating our
session today, so welcome. Let's cover the agenda for today. So here's what I'm going to
do in this particular session. I will provide an overview of the programs that we are talking about today, to give you the necessary
information to ensure that they're the right fit for you. We'll walk through the
different features and benefits of the program and the online study. I'll outline the admission
requirements and prerequisites and give you a little bit
of information on that, we'll briefly touch upon
the application process, submissions process, and
then again, as I said, some time at the end for
questions and answers. So just to begin, just a quick side note, this webinar is timely because this week is the National Health
Information Professionals Week. So if you get a chance to, or know a health information professional, either an HIM or a Health
Informatics individual, give them a shout-out and say hello and say thank you for their hard work. So let's get into the
details about our programs. So to begin this program overview section of the presentation, it is
important to distinguish between the two different industry sectors that we're talking about here. So there is health information management and health informatics. The best resource I
always refer everyone to when you get a chance to take a look about the two professions are the two professional associations, associated in each sector. They are the keepers of
professional standards and requirements, and
they're the best resource to help define the professional role and I'm pulling some information from them on this particular section. So first, we'll take a
look at CHIMA, which is the Canadian Health Information
Management Association, and how they describe an HIM or Health Information
Management professional. And that professional is an individual who provides leadership in all aspects of clinical information management at both the micro and macro levels. So what does that mean? That means that an HIM professional works in healthcare environments
to support data collection, its use, data access and disclosure, oversees the retention and destruction of health information,
regardless of whether it's paper, hybrid form, or an e-health record. HIM professionals perform
qualitative analysis on the documentation
within the health record, and they are responsible for the security of health records as well, so very complex and important roles in
our health care system. From the professional
association for informatics, which is now called Digital Health Canada, some of you may have
done a little research and found, looking this up,
it used to be called COACH, but now it's Digital Health Canada. They describe informatics professionals as individuals who apply that
information technology and systems to health care data. It's a little bit different spin from the information management. As well, health
informatics is described as the intersection between clinical, IT, and management practices for
the betterment of health care. So again, to explore,
I'm not going to go into many words details about
the two professions, but their associations
have great resources available for you if you're just exploring the particular fields. So you get a chance,
check out CHIMA's website, which is just,
and for informatics, check out Digital Health Canada. So to address the skills
and competencies that are found at both of the health
informatics professions, we'll look at how the program is designed. So it is designed to offer courses that align directly with
health data standards, health information systems,
data, and systems analysis. So for this particular
program, you will complete nine courses in order to be
eligible for the diploma. On this slide, you'll see a
listing of the core courses for the Health Informatics diploma. These courses are required
for your particular study. To reach the ninth course for the Health Informatics
diploma, you have a choice of three different
courses that you can take. There is a course on
Professionalism, Ethics, and Professional
Standards that goes across both Informatics and
Information Management field. There's a great course on Quality and Performance Evaluation,
which is really key and becoming more and more important within health care systems. And then for those few
individuals that may want to be interested in
actually doing some time at an actual site of your choosing, there is a practical experience course that is available as well. So one of these nine courses,
one of these three courses you can take to finish
off that last course in order to receive the diploma, which you have to complete to do all nine. So this sort of leads, that's
for the Informatics diploma, this leads to the
Information Systems courses. So those, there will
be some of you who are maybe interested in studying
some very specific aspects within the Health Informatics area, so we offer the Health
Information Systems program. So this program is classified as a professional development program within Continuing Education. For this program, you
complete three courses to receive a McMaster University
certificate of completion. There are five courses available
for you to choose from, and within each course, the
way that they are scheduled is you are actually joining
in with the Health Informatics cohort group in the program
to complete the courses. So they're scheduled to run
throughout an academic year in these particular courses. To receive the certificate of completion, you complete three out of the five. Others will just come
in and do a particular one or two classes based on their own professional educational interests. In order to address the
skills and competencies for Health Information
Management professionals, the HIM, or Information
Management program, was designed, and those courses align directly
with how data is collected, recorded, used, and
shared, as well as ensuring for privacy and security of people's personal health information. As well, we want to
provide you with options based on your educational
and professional goals within this particular subject area. So we have a few
different options for you. There is a Health Information certificate, which is a five-course program
designed for individuals seeking professional development courses or some focus training in
health information practices, and that don't necessarily
want to do the full diploma or don't need to do the full diploma. There is a Health Information
Management diploma, which is an eight-course
diploma available for individuals seeking an
Information Management program applicable to health or social service or other professions,
and you're not interested in obtaining a professional designation. The Health Information
Management Plus diploma program is a new program for us in terms of building on the HIM
diploma that you just saw. This is applicable to
individuals seeking a career in Health Information Management, meaning you wish to
work towards earning the professional designation
of being a certified Health Information
Management professional. This program, the Health
Information Management Plus program, is accredited by
the Canadian College of Health Information Management,
which acronym is CCHIM, and just in a moment I'm going to play just a short information video
about the HIM Plus program for you so you can get a few more details about how that is distinguished
from the HIM diploma. So for each academic program within the Health Information Management programs, there are specific courses
within the category that may be required,
depending on whether you do the certificate, the HIM
diploma, or the HIM Plus diploma. What I've listed here, just for the time, because it gets a bit confusing
about what applies to what, I've listed all of the courses
that we have available, just so you can see the
different types of topics that we study within the Health
Information Management area. You can locate which
courses are required for each program option on our website, which is,
and we have it all laid out for you in terms
of the different courses. We do get asked once in a while that if I start a particular program, so an individual may start, maybe, with a Health Information certificate, thinking that that is all they needed for their particular goals, and
then things change along the way and they wish to switch to
one of the diploma programs, you may be eligible to do that based on the admission requirements
for those diploma programs. So please check out
our website for details on each of the programs and
the admission requirements. There's a great chat there
to sort of guide you through about which strategy is available for you, and if there's any particular
questions that you have. And as always, you're free
to send us, contact us, there's a contact link page,
with particular questions if it's not quite clear for you. So what I wanted to do at this time is just to play just a
short information video, HIM Plus program, that was
prepared earlier this year when we first rolled out the program. So I'm just going to play this now, it's just a recording, you're
going to hear my voice again in a recorded format, and
then I'll come back live and we'll finish off
the rest of the webinar. So I'm just going to flip
this on here, so bear with me. McMaster University Continuing Education is thrilled to announce that its Health Information Management Plus diploma has received its accreditation from the Canadian College of
Health Information Management. This accreditation means that the program has met the strict regulatory requirements upheld by both the certifying body and the Canadian Health Information
Management Association, or CHIMA, which is the
national association representing leadership and excellence in health information
management across the country. Graduates of our
post-degree diploma program are eligible to become certified Health Information
Management professionals, who are in high demand in a
variety of healthcare settings across the continuum of
care within provincial and federal governments. These professionals use
electronic information management to revolutionize health care. To qualify for the Health
Information Management Plus diploma, which is 45 units of study, students must complete all
required courses for the program. In agreement with CHALearning,
McMaster University Continuing Education students
who are accepted and enrolled in the HIM Plus program
may register and complete three courses in coding
offered by CHALearing. Upon successful completion
of those three courses, students receive six units
of study to be applied to the HIM Plus diploma. All program courses are offered online, and that includes the
CHALearning coding courses, and all courses offered
by Continuing Education. Once you are admitted to the program, we will facilitate your registration for the completion of coding courses, as permission is required
to enroll in coding courses from an external institution. The HIM Plus program consists
of the following courses. All courses are required for the program. Each course is evaluated as three units of undergraduate study
with McMaster University. Coding courses again
taken with CHALearning or another externally approved
HIM-accredited program will be transferred into
the HIM Plus program as six units of study. Admission requirements for the HIM program are based on the following
academic requirements. You must be a graduate
of a university degree or receive a college diploma program, primarily in health, social service, or other related fields of study. Successful completion of a
course in medical terminology, anatomy/physiology, and
basic statistics is required. You must have direct work
experience or course completion in the Canadian health care system. You must be proficient with
basic computer operations, so you must be able to work
with fundamental skills and computer applications such
as working with spreadsheets, word processing, handle
email, and web browsing. And finally, you must
meet the university's English language proficiency requirements. Applications for our winter
intake for the HIM Plus students are open and will close on February 28th. The next intake after this session will be for the Fall 2019 term. Applications will open in the spring for that particular session, so
watch our website for details. Applications are submitted online. Please ensure you have
all of your documentation when you complete your application, which includes a copy of your
post-secondary transcripts, a resume, a letter of
intent, and work references if required, and please see
the admission requirement information on our website. Documentation for
English-language proficiency may be uploaded with your
application documents, and again, only if that is required. For additional information,
please visit our website for program details, course descriptions, and admission application details. If you have any questions, please contact Continuing Education via email or call one of our
information specialists. We look forward to having you join the newly-accredited HIM
Plus program in the future. So, within all of our programs and courses that are offered at Continuing Education, you have the benefit of
studying on a part-time basis. So you can continue to work, and maintain your personal
and professional demands. So we wanted to be something available that you can fit within
your busy schedules. All of the courses are delivered online, so whether it's the certificate in Health and Information
Management, the diploma, HIM Plus, or the informatics, all of the courses and
the prerequisite courses that you need to take before
you start diploma programs, they are all available online. So the beauty of online learning is that you can study from home
and have the flexibility to fit those course activities
within your schedule. So if you want to log in
at six in the morning, six at night, or at
midnight, you can do so. The schedule for the programs
mostly follows a cohort model, which means that most of the
students start their study at the same particular time, which is either usually
a fall or winter intake, and you progress through
the program together. The courses are scheduled
for nine or 10 weeks, so there's a two-week break, then you come back and do your next class, and then sort of multiple
courses as they go through, so you can have the summers off as well. The cohort model gives
you that great opportunity to collaborate with
learners from across Canada who all have varying levels of experience and different working environments, different academic backgrounds,
and so the students tend to find that they really
started that networking and within your cohort of professionals and learn lots from each
other, whether you're on the IT side or the privacy side or maybe from the clinician side. You have the opportunity, as
well, to develop your skills in that interprofessional collaboration, which is so important in
this particular field. We give you lots of
activities in the classroom to sort of build on those
particular skill sets as well, because all the professionals
that we consult with for the program say that that is key. Finally, you're able to
maintain your continuous study in the program, that's another
nice thing about the cohort, how we have it structured, and the different course schedules. So each of the courses are scheduled so you can build that momentum
from course to course. Some courses have specific prerequisites, so for example, there's
a course on privacy, confidentiality, and security, which is required before
you do the second level of a course in privacy, confidentiality, and security, so there's
a few different aspects, and that's the way the course is built in order for you to build on those skills, build your network, and have
that nice work/life balance and with education as well. So here's a snapshot of individuals who are enrolled in the programs. So most often our students
are seeking a career change or the opportunity to progress within their current place of employment. Many have past study or
employment on computers, IT side, which is mostly
in the Informatics side. Some science, health
care, business, for HIM, it's health care, social
service, science as well. Students are seeking to refresh
their skills and knowledge in particular areas to keep
up with new developments or for professional development purposes. We have a number of
internationally-trained professionals interested in exploring a
career in either of the areas, and as adult learners who are learning for part-time study distancing programming, so we try to get enough
people for the cohorts from across Canada, which is really great to learn what each province is doing, and then we have some
international students who also join in the online environment to get a different perspective
within your cohort. So each of the programs do have an online application requirement. So all of the programs,
your admission is based on your academic experience, employment, and your goals for the program. The programs are designed for individuals with a degree or diploma from a recognized post-secondary institution. To assess this, you are
asked to submit a copy of your transcripts as part
of the application process. You're asked to upload
a resume with a one-page letter of intent outlining
your interests, qualifications, and learning goals for
the particular program. Your resume helps us to review that aspect of work employment and
workplace experience may not be evident in
your academic history, but this work experience may be applicable in order to meet those
admission requirements. You can view all the
admission requirements for each program on our website, so again, it's, please
make sure you check that out and look at what is
required, and the transcript, then we provide information
about what we would need in order to support your application. So if you get a chance to check that out, and then contact us if you
have any specific questions about your qualifications,
if there's a question. So for those of you
that may need experience or one or two subjects based
on the admission criteria, for the program of your choice, we do offer a series of programs
that are open each term, there's no application for
these particular courses. They are designed to provide you with foundational knowledge and competencies to begin a program in Health Informatics, Health Information Management. The most popular one is
our Understanding Canadian Health Care course,
'cause it is a requirement for both of those diploma
programs before you start. You can find those courses as part of our Health and Social Service
skill development listing, or search the Course Search box, which is just the image
here of what something would look like to find in a search. And that is on our website as well, and I will be doing a program preview on those particular courses
and different options that are available in a week or two. So as we start to wrap up, and I think people are submitting
questions, which is great, continue to do so, a
common question we get is how do I get started? So take a few minutes to
review the program information on our website, for
those of you interested in the HIM Plus, there's
specific information, and you can also get
your video, that link, that will give you some more details about that particular program. And then you need to collect
the information items that we need to submit to
review your application, sorry, and then apply. So applications are open
for the upcoming Fall term. Applications, if you're
missing any prerequisites, we don't pre-assess
individuals' applications. So you need to apply,
submit your applications, and if we have questions about you maybe missing some of the prerequisites as per the admission or, sorry,
the admission process, we will follow up with
you and let you know, here's what is required, if
we need additional details, we will follow up with you directly. Applications, again, for the Fall term, which is the next intake,
is on, are open now, and they do close on August
31st for the Fall term, and then you would have to
wait til the Winter term. Again, the applications
are submitted online. Of submission to your application, you receive confirmation
that your application has been successfully
submitted, and how you can log in to review the status
of that application review. And again, just for your
application, remember, it's a one-page letter
of intent, your resume, and a copy of your academic transcripts. That is important for
us to be able to assess, 'cause that helps streamline
the process as we go through. So, just flip to the next one here. So for additional information,
please visit our website, which I have posted here. For greater detail of
admission, admission deadlines, what's required, what's
the distinction between the HIM programs, if
you have any questions, please contact us, we are here to answer your questions and to help. You can contact us via email, there's two different accounts
that we've listed here, the himgmt for Information Management and then the hinform, or
you can just contact us at the main email address for CCE and we will get back to you. You could also, again,
there's a link to our website,, or you
could just give us a call and talk to one of our
information specialists about the program that
you're interested in and specific requirements. If they're not sure, they
will send it along to me, and then I can follow up,
and then get back to you on what is required. Thank you all, have a lovely afternoon, wherever you are situated,
hopefully spring has arrived and we're getting some spring weather.

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