George Mason University


Information Technology
Project Management


Introduction to Health Information Technology


This section introduces you to the health information systems in general and Electronic Health Records in particular.


  • Describe the electronic health records industry

Assigned Reading

  1. Alliance for Health Reform.  A reporter's  toolkit for health information technology More

  2. American Hospital Association.  Continued Progress: Hospital Use of Information Technology, February 2007.  More


  1. See slides for this lecture  Slides

  2. The lecture on introduction to electronic health records is presented in two parts:

What you know?


Advanced learners like you, often need different ways of understanding a topic. Reading is just one way of understanding. Another way is through writing about what you have read.  The enclosed assessment is designed to get you to think more about the concepts taught in this session.

  1. What percent of hospitals have an Electronic Health Record (fully or partially functional)?

  2. What percent of physicians enter their orders into a computer, i.e. have access to Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE)? 

  3. What legislative efforts related to EHR were afoot in Congress in 2007?

  4. What are the five types of personal health records?

  5. List various methods of controlling security of health data based on frequency of their use?

Please send an email to your instructor with your responses to the above questions.    Make sure that the email subject line includes the course number, topic name and your name, otherwise it will not get to the right place.  If you wish to receive a receipt that the instructor has received your email, you may request the receipt from your email program.  Please respond to all of the questions within the same email.  Do not attach any files.  Keep a copy of all your emails to the instructor till the end of the semester.  Email►


Rapid Analysis

  1. Select your personal project that you would plan and execute.  Discuss when planning will end (at least 2-3 weeks from now so that you can learn how to plan for a project) and execution of plans will start.  Indicate how you would have time to carryout with the plans 

  2. Select your improvement or EHR project that you will plan in this course.  List who are the stakeholders who should be involved in the project.

  3. Select the title of the tutorial paper you are planning to work on.  Use PubMed and Google scholar to conduct an initial search of related literature.    Report what are three seminal articles or books you have found and how you plan to get the full text of these articles or books so that you can proceed.  PubMed

  4. Download the Project Management software and be ready for upcoming assignments.  MAC users may need to use a software other than Microsoft Project.  Any project management software will do.  Run the software and capture an image from the first page of the software.  To take an image of the software that is open in your screen, you need to simultaneously press Control and Print Screen.  In some machines, the same may be accomplished by pressing shift and print screen.  Instructions for Mac users is on the web.  Once the image is copied, you can paste it into a Word document. 

Please send one email containing the answer to all questions to your instructor.    Copy and paste each question into the document.  Insert the images requested at appropriate intervals within the document.   Once done with the preparation of your response document, paste the entire document within your email.  Do not attach any files.  Make sure that the email subject line includes the course number, topic name and your name, otherwise it may not get to the right place.    Email►



  • Medical Records Institute's Seventh Annual Survey of Electronic Health Record Trends and Usage for 2005.  More
  • CMS report on medical device industry More
  • CMS strategic IT plans More
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