HCI 600 Full Course Discussions GCU
HCI 600 Topic 1 DQ 1
Discuss the primary components and stakeholders in the U.S. health care system. Of those stakeholders, who do you
think exerts the most influence over the delivery of health care? Is that positive or negative, in your opinion? How might
changing the balance of power among influencers affect health care?
HCI 600 Topic 1 DQ 2
Informatics impacts the delivery of care and health care organizations in a variety of ways. Besides influencing the
practice and environment of patient care, in what ways do informatics and informatics professionals interact more
broadly across organizations and health systems? What broader value does informatics contribute to the delivery of
health care across organizations and systems?
HCI 600 Topic 2 DQ 1
Discuss the primary regulations related to patient privacy and security that affect the how information is stored,
retrieved, and utilized in the health care environment. What are the major challenges facing health care organizations as
they work to implement regulations and standards, including meaningful use criteria.
HCI 600 Topic 2 DQ 2
Discuss both the value and challenges of implementing standard vocabularies and terminologies in the storage and use of
health care data. How do these challenges impact informatics professionals and the work they do in health care settings?
HCI 600 Topic 3 DQ 1
Adopting or integrating a new EHR or enhancements to an EHR can be a complex undertaking for a health care
organization. What are some primary considerations for adoption and integration? What major concerns related to costs,
quality, access, safety, or effectiveness would you prioritize in making decisions about adoption or integration?
HCI 600 Topic 3 DQ 2
What are the primary advantages and disadvantages of the EHR and its relation to CPOEs and e-prescribing? How do
these impact clinical documentation and patient care?
HCI 600 Topic 4 DQ 1
Discuss three kinds of clinical decision support and how do you think each is useful. What drawbacks, if any, do you see
with each type?
HCI 600 Topic 4 DQ 2
When is clinical decision support not helpful? Considering the problem of alert fatigue, discuss when it might not always
be the answer to the problem. Provide a specific example in your response.
HCI 600 Topic 5 DQ 1
Discuss various occasions in which predictive analytics are helpful and important in the health care setting. How does
this impact the health informatics?
HCI 600 Topic 5 DQ 2
Very large amounts of data are collected and stored within health care settings every day. Additionally, multiple
stakeholders need to use some of this data for a variety of purposes. Discuss the primary challenges of storing, retrieving,
and using all this data in a meaningful way. What role does the informatics profession play in managing this data and in
assisting others in accessing, interpreting it, and utilizing it for a variety of purposes?
HCI 600 Topic 6 DQ 1
Discuss the importance of health information exchanges in sharing data among clinicians when they are using different
EHRS. What standards and regulations are most important for dictating how health data are shared within and across
HCI 600 Topic 6 DQ 2
What are the primary challenges for interoperability? Discuss an organization that is working to promote interoperability
within the clinical environment. Describe one of their initiatives, its benefits and challenges, and its impact on the
delivery of care.
HCI 600 Topic 7 DQ 1
Discuss an example of a mobile device or social or health-related application you use in your everyday life that stores
personal health data and could potentially benefit your health. How could the technology or application be improved and
utilized in the health care setting to provide a more detailed or holistic picture of a person’s health status to providers?
HCI 600 Topic 7 DQ 2
What are the primary challenges with integrating data from personal devices and applications with data within an EHR?
Do you think most consumers are comfortable with sharing their personal data in the clinical environment? Supposing
the sharing of such information is beneficial for consumers’ health, what can be done to help consumers overcome their
HCI 600 Topic 8 DQ 1
Discuss how informatics and data collection help to create better systems that incorporate new technologies and care
delivery models. Other than within the field of personalized medicine, how do you see informatics supporting innovation
in health care?
HCI 600 Topic 8 DQ 2
Discuss how personalized medicine can create an environment where patients feel comfortable self-reporting and how
personalized medicine can aid the provider in creating a trusting relationship. Explain how a Christian worldview could
guide interactions with patients using personalized medicine.