HCI 315 Electronic Health Records • 5 Cr.

Class title change starting Summer 2021

Fundamentals of Electronic Health Records • 5 Cr.


Provides students with a broad overview of electronic health record (EHR) design, implementation, and use of EHRs. Includes promises and pitfalls of EHRs, role of EHR in improving care quality and safety, and pros and cons of different EHR design. Government and regulatory agency requirements for EHR implementation and use will be covered along with the role of EHR users in design and implementation. Prerequisite: HCI 310 and acceptance into the program, or permission of instructor. Previously HCTM 315.

Description starting Summer 2021

This course provides a broad overview of the electronic health record, the primary source of patient data in healthcare organizations. The foundational elements of the electronic health record are the types of data that are used in the application to diagnose and treat patients and the equipment and infrastructure needed to support the electronic records. This course also reviews the functional areas of electronic health records, including computerized physician order entry, patient information and revenue management, ancillary, and medication management. The primary focus of the electronic health record emphasizes usability and design for the acute care setting. Furthermore, this course also covers the use of EHRs in clinical, ambulatory, and skilled nursing and long-term care facilities. Prerequisite: Admission to any baccalaureate program at Bellevue College.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Discuss differences in EHR interaction among healthcare professionals, patients, and healthcare informatics professionals 
  • Delineate best practices for design of key components of EHRs including Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE), Clinical Decision Support (CDS) 
  • Discuss the pros and cons of legacy systems, best of breed systems and all-in-one systems 
  • Critically appraise the role of EHRs in improving healthcare quality and safety through use of EHR data for clinical reporting 
  • Create strategies to mitigate challenges to EHR adoption 
  • Describe data infrastructure and technology requirements needed for optimal EHR design