Impact Lives

NRHL 504 Health Care Informatics and Emergent Technologies

This is a foundational course requiring a minimum letter grade of “B”. Cross listed with NRHL 384.

Format: Online
Duration: 8 weeks

Health care providers including nurses and physicians are instrumental in planning, designing, implementing and evaluating health care technology and systems at every level of health care delivery. In NRHL 504 Health Care Informatics and Emergent Technologies, you explore the history of information sharing and the technological advancements that are changing the way health care professionals communicate and exchange information, ideas and practices.

You will gain an understanding of technology, data, human processing and standards related to clinical information systems and how these elements are used to make evidence-based decisions in health care systems and services.

What You’ll Learn in NRHL 504

This course teaches you to consider technical, user, and environmental factors in the selection and use of clinical information systems that support nursing care and decision-making processes in various settings.

NRHL 504 emphasizes health and information literacy, ethical and legal factors associated with health care informatics, and the nurse's role within an interdisciplinary informatics team.

Course Topics

Throughout this course, weekly topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Historical Overview of Health Care Informatics and Emerging Technology
  • Ethical Dimensions of Informatics & Health Care Technology
  • Legal Considerations in Health Care Informatics and Health Care Technology
  • Application of Informatics and Technology to Inform Nursing Practice
  • Telehealth, Telenursing and Smart Technology
  • Roles and Collaboration in Health Care Team in Informatics and Emerging Technologies
  • Nurse Role in Health and Information Literacy
  • Future of Health Care Informatics and Emerging Technologies

Planning Your Time

*Source: Alumni Infographic.

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of NRHL 504, you will be able to:

  • Use computer hardware and appropriate software to examine research and statistical methods to inform best practice.
  • Examine the role of the professional nurse utilizing information systems for storage and retrieval of data to support culturally competent and ethical care that promotes health and improvement of health among individuals, populations or communities.
  • Articulate the professional nurse role in identifying and advocating for health care consumers and providers related to health care informatics or emergent technologies issues/concerns.
  • Analyze common ethical dilemmas related to health care informatics or emergent technologies and the ways in which these dilemmas impact patient care.
  • Apply health care informatics and emergent technologies to initiate inquiry into comprehensive databases to utilize available research to resolve practice outcomes and communicate results.
  • Communicate with other health care professionals; develop and work in collaborative and interdependent relationships to integrate best practices in health care informatics and emergent technologies.
  • Examines issues with health care informatics and emergent technology in providing culturally relevant ways to ensure that systems meet the needs of culturally diverse population(s).
  • Examine the use of health care informatics and emergent technology to analyze, design, implement and evaluate aggregate outcomes of nursing care in diverse populations.

*Disclaimer: Course content and outcomes may vary and are subject to change without notice.

Request More Information Today

To learn more about the online Master of Science in Nursing curriculum from Benedictine University, including Health Care Informatics and Emergent Technologies, call (866) 295-3104 to speak with a program manager or request more information.