# CTE Resource Center - Verso - Health Informatics Task/Competency List

CTE Resource Center - Verso

Virginia’s CTE Resource Center

2019/2020 Competency-Based Task/Competency List for Health Informatics (8338/36 weeks)

Tasks/competencies bordered in blue are considered optional when marked as such; they and/or additional tasks/competencies may be taught at the discretion of the school division. All other tasks are considered essential statewide and are required of all students.

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Demonstrating Personal Qualities and Abilities

  1. Demonstrate creativity and innovation.
  2. Demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving.
  3. Demonstrate initiative and self-direction.
  4. Demonstrate integrity.
  5. Demonstrate work ethic.

Demonstrating Interpersonal Skills

  1. Demonstrate conflict-resolution skills.
  2. Demonstrate listening and speaking skills.
  3. Demonstrate respect for diversity.
  4. Demonstrate customer service skills.
  5. Collaborate with team members.

Demonstrating Professional Competencies

  1. Demonstrate big-picture thinking.
  2. Demonstrate career- and life-management skills.
  3. Demonstrate continuous learning and adaptability.
  4. Manage time and resources.
  5. Demonstrate information-literacy skills.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of information security.
  7. Maintain working knowledge of current information-technology (IT) systems.
  8. Demonstrate proficiency with technologies, tools, and machines common to a specific occupation.
  9. Apply mathematical skills to job-specific tasks.
  10. Demonstrate professionalism.
  11. Demonstrate reading and writing skills.
  12. Demonstrate workplace safety.

Examining All Aspects of an Industry

  1. Examine aspects of planning within an industry/organization.
  2. Examine aspects of management within an industry/organization.
  3. Examine aspects of financial responsibility within an industry/organization.
  4. Examine technical and production skills required of workers within an industry/organization.
  5. Examine principles of technology that underlie an industry/organization.
  6. Examine labor issues related to an industry/organization.
  7. Examine community issues related to an industry/organization.
  8. Examine health, safety, and environmental issues related to an industry/organization.

Addressing Elements of Student Life

  1. Identify the purposes and goals of the student organization.
  2. Explain the benefits and responsibilities of membership in the student organization as a student and in professional/civic organizations as an adult.
  3. Demonstrate leadership skills through participation in student organization activities, such as meetings, programs, and projects.
  4. Identify Internet safety issues and procedures for complying with acceptable use standards.

Exploring Work-Based Learning

  1. Identify the types of work-based learning (WBL) opportunities.
  2. Reflect on lessons learned during the WBL experience.
  3. Explore career opportunities related to the WBL experience.
  4. Participate in a WBL experience, when appropriate.

Describing the History of Health Information Technology (IT) in the United States

  1. Describe the background of today’s health IT landscape.
  2. Discuss legal issues in medicine.
  3. Describe the progression of health IT in the United States.

Introducing the Electronic Health Record (EHR)

  1. Define electronic health record (EHR).
  2. Explain the core functions of an EHR.
  3. Identify different formats and components of an EHR.
  4. Explain how billing codes are used in an EHR system.
  5. Compare health information systems.
  6. Identify the benefits of EHR.
  7. Propose strategies to minimize major barriers to the adoption of EHR.
  8. Explain the principles of healthcare data exchange and healthcare data standards.

Understanding Ethical and Privacy Issues in Health Care

  1. Identify the Principles of Medical Ethics (e.g., case studies, role playing, research papers).
  2. Discuss the role of medical ethics and professional values in care delivery.
  3. Differentiate between security, confidentiality, and privacy.
  4. Identify concepts related to copyright, public domain, copy protection, intellectual property, and licensing agreements.
  5. Define ethical implications in health care.
  6. Investigate Internet privacy issues and computer crimes, including identity theft.
  7. Comply with copyright and patent laws.
  8. Comply with policies regarding acceptable use of technology.

Exploring Medical Terminology

  1. Explain how medical terms are developed.
  2. Define common medical word roots.
  3. Define common medical word prefixes.
  4. Define common medical word suffixes.
  5. Demonstrate pronunciation of medical terms.
  6. Apply the components of medical terminology (i.e., prefixes, word roots, suffixes).
  7. Explain medical terms and acronyms related to each of the major body systems.
  8. Define commonly used terms in health care.
  9. Identify the purpose and uses of pertinent healthcare terminologies in the EHR.
  10. Apply healthcare terminology to the various health information technology roles.
  11. Identify medical abbreviations related to pathological conditions.
  12. Identify medical abbreviations related to diagnostic procedures.
  13. Explain medical abbreviations related to documentation.
  14. Identify medical abbreviations related to pharmacology.
  15. Identify abbreviations related to healthcare regulations and regulatory systems.
  16. Describe key healthcare terms.
  17. Describe paradigm shifts in health care.
  18. Describe the medical model of health care in the United States.
  19. Describe the organization and structures of health insurance.
  20. Compare the function of federal agencies.
  21. Describe the organization of public health in the United States at the federal, state, and local levels.
  22. Describe the implementation of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act.
  23. Describe the major processes of information gathering, analysis, and documentation used by clinicians to detect, understand, and prevent or treat diseases.

Examining Information Technology in Health Care

  1. Describe general functions, purposes, and benefits of health information systems in various healthcare settings.
  2. Identify correct terminology for computing and technology.
  3. Identify commonly used hardware components.
  4. Identify commonly used software applications and operating systems (OS).
  5. Identify programming languages applicable to the healthcare industry.
  6. Explain databases.
  7. Describe network computing.
  8. Identify security risks and protection measures for computing systems.
  9. Explain a software information system (such as an EHR).

Working with Health IT Systems

  1. Identify components of health IT systems’ ancillary services.
  2. Identify root causes of health IT-induced error and potential solutions.
  3. Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of identified solutions to health IT problems.
  4. Outline usability in relation to health IT.
  5. Differentiate between security, confidentiality, and privacy.
  6. Simulate beginning-level competency in general health IT system use.

Configuring Electronic Health Records (EHRs)

  1. Describe the process of migration to an EHR.
  2. Describe the migration path from a paper health record to an EHR.
  3. Identify tools used for decision support systems.
  4. Identify an EHR system to achieve features required for meaningful use.
  5. Identify clinical work flows.
  6. Describe concepts of privacy and security as applied to the EHR.
  7. Describe security issues with mobile and medical devices.
  8. Describe planning for disaster preparedness and recovery related to the EHR.

Investigating Cybersecurity in Health Care

  1. Define cybersecurity as it relates to health care.
  2. Identify the cybersecurity practices in health care.
  3. Identify security issues related to computer hardware, software, and data.
  4. Identify concepts of cybersecurity, honesty, courtesy, and confidentiality related to information and email systems and social networking (e.g., spam, viruses, and email etiquette).
  5. Identify guidelines for disposal of data.
  6. Identify the rationale for data encryption.

Exploring Laws and Requirements Regarding Data Breaches

  1. Identify different types of data breaches.
  2. Describe penalties related to data breaches.
  3. Identify client notification protocols related to data breaches.
  4. Describe the risk assessment process for breaches.
  5. Identify protocols related to the reporting of breaches.

Understanding Usability and Human Factors

  1. Explain a systems approach to usability and human factors as it applies to health IT.
  2. Explain the cognitive consequences of health IT on clinical performance.
  3. Identify the consequences of suboptimal design in the delivery of health care.
  4. Use ergonomic principles in the design of the workplace/workstation.
  5. Evaluate various types of error.
  6. Identify technology input methods, given different technology uses, user populations, and contexts.

Exploring Public Health IT

  1. Develop a health IT action plan.
  2. Describe how EHRs can be used to improve public health services and practices.
  3. Identify credentialing options for health IT professionals.
  4. Prepare a career portfolio with résumé.