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Health Information Systems is a component of AMIA’s Health Informatics Essentials, a series of educational offerings that promote the profession of health informatics and its power to transform health care.

Target Audience

Professionals involved in direct or indirect care of patients who desire to learn more about the practice of health informatics coming from a range of educational and training pathways including, but not limited to nursing, medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, public health, health informatics, and computer science.

Learning Objective

After participating in this activity, the learner should be better able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of concepts and skills needed to ensure that health information systems meet the needs of health care and public health organizations, health care and public health professionals, and patients.


Health Information Systems offers learners 29 lectures focusing on fundamental concepts in health informatics.

The video lectures, ranging in length from 8 to 30 minutes, are organized into the following six modules:

  • Introduction to Health Information Technology (HIT)
  • Cloud-based SaaS vs On-premise Health Information Technology Services
  • Health Information Systems Components and Department Sub-systems
  • Information Systems for Public Health and Population Health
  • Multiple Functions of Health Information Systems
  • Multiple Roles Supported by Health Information Systems
  • The Health Information Technology Market – Current State and Emerging Technologies
  • Health Information Technology Safety Models and Frameworks

  • System Development Life Cycle
  • Evaluation and Selection of an Information System
  • Implementation, Testing and Rollout of Information Systems
  • Systems Thinking - Principles and Unintended Consequences
  • System Workarounds and Preventive Measures

  • The Need for Interoperability
  • Seven Layers of Interoperability Architecture
  • Health Data Exchange Standards
  • Terminology Standards
  • Health Information Exchanges
  • Health Information Exchanges, Data Aggregation and Population Health

  • Causes and Impacts of HIS Downtimes
  • Preventing and Mitigating HIS Downtimes, and Downtime Recovery Procedures
  • Ransomware and Other Hacking Concerns

  • The Digital Front Door
  • Telehealth During and After the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Connecting Medical Devices to HIS

  • Security, Privacy, and Confidentiality Regulations - HIPAA
  • Data Security Standards, Threat Identification and Mitigation Strategies
  • User Types and Roles for Access Control
  • Health Information Communication Channels


In addition to the 29 videos, the CME/CNE-certified course offers:

  • 29 downloadable scripts of the videos, with hyperlinked references and resources for additional study
  • 5 Knowledge Check questions
  • "Deeper Dive" assignment for the learner to reflect on how the knowledge gained may influence future practice


Prerna Dua, PhD
Professor, Program Director for Masters in Health Informatics
Louisiana Tech University
Christina Eldredge, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Practice, School of Information College of Arts and Sciences
University of South Florida Health
Christine A. Hudak, PhD, RN-BC, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, FAMIA
Kent State iSchool GSAC
Susan C. Hull, MSN, RN-BC, NEA, FAMIA
Principal, Consumer Health Informatics
MITRE Corporation
Fang Li, MD, MS, FAMIA
Sr. Medical Director, Clinical Informatics
Commonwealth Care Alliance
David M. Liebovitz, MD, FAMIA
Institute for Augmented Intelligence in Medicine - Center for Medical Education in Data Science and Digital Health
Robert Marshall, MD, MPH, MISM, FAAFP, FAMIA
Program Director, CI Fellowship
Madigan Healthcare System
Harm Scherpbier, MD, MS, FAMIA
HealthShare Exchange
Mark Weisman, MD, MBA

Accreditation Statement

The American Medical Informatics Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Statement

The American Medical Informatics Association designates this enduring material for a maximum of 9.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Reviewed December 2023 for continued relevancy. New expiration date: December 14, 2026.

Continuing Education for Nurses

American Medical Informatics Association is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

  • Approved Contact Hours: 9.25 contact hours
  • Lead Nurse Planner (ANCC-criteria compliance): Juliana J. Brixey, PhD, MPH, MSN, RN
  • Nurse Planner (Content): Lynda R. Hardy, PhD, RN, FAAN

Cancellation/Refund Policy

AMIA does not offer refunds for online products. We are always happy to discuss any issues you may be having with our online courses.

Registration Information

  • Upon purchase you will receive an access link via email.
  • Purchase of this product includes 1-year subscription access.
  • Using your AMIA login, you will have access to the content for a year – from date of purchase.
Available Until:
Type: Health Informatics Essentials
Course Format(s): On Demand
Course Level: Introductory to Intermediate
Price: Member: $199, Non-member: $399
Time To Complete: 9.25 hours
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