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Rapid advances in technology in today's world allow physicians to utilize technology to extend therapy. This elective offers an introduction to the common terms, concepts and breakthroughs in the fields of Health Information Technology (HIT) and Biomedical Informatics. A prime example is the use of mobile apps for diabetic patients, medication management, or patients with chronic conditions that require ongoing evaluation. It is an exciting time to practice medicine and explore new tools such as recent use of "wearables" in ambulatory care or the use of voice-to-text for patient care summary notes. The objectives of this course are designed to improve interactions with new applications, the use of medical mobile apps and emerging technologies in medicine, and prepare the medical student ahead of residency. In addition to gaining an entry-level education in HIT and Informatics, students will also learn about common medical coding terminologies, Issues in the US health care system and implications of health laws such as HIPAA, HITECH, ARRA, FDASIA and ACA.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Heather LeBrun (heather.lebrun@indstate.edu)

Director: Orndorff Brent, MSHI, HIM

Campus: Terre Haute

Location: IUSM - Terre Haute

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Explain common terms and concepts encountered in Health IT and Informatics (ISC5)

  • 2) Demonstrate new skills using medical software and technologies (PBLI1)
  • 3) Describe how the utilization of new technologies can extend therapy in preventive care, management of chronic conditions and the application of evidence-based medicine (MK4)
  • 4) Identify benefits, challenges and opportunities in the convergence of Medicine, Health IT and Informatics (PBLI1)
  • 5) Discuss the health care system structure and organizational relationships (SBP1)
  • 6) Utilize medical coding terminologies and identify proper applications (ISC5)


  • Professional Development Evaluation Form; (The student's comprehension will be assessed through the use of Canvas online forums, discussion with faculty via Adobe Connect, written examination (four weekly quizzes) and a final research presentation covering an approved topic in Health Information Technology and/or Biomedical Informatics. Assessment will be completed by the course director / lecturer, James "Brent" Orndorff or any future TA should the need arise).

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40

Time Distribution: 75%Library/Research; 25% Lecture/Seminar

Elective Type Category: PD - Professional Development

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Heather LeBrun (heather.lebrun@indstate.edu) THIS ELECTIVE DOES NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE INITIAL SENIOR MATCH. Must check with Clinical Coordinator, Heather LeBrun , for availability at (heather.lebrun@indstate.edu), 812-237-2401.

Third Year Elective? No

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None