Healthcare Systems Information Development

HI150-2: Outline the critical stages of developing a health information system.


For the clinic selected, consider the information needs for the customer. Distinguish the Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI) software needs that would be seen within the clinic from the CDI needs across the healthcare continuum.

For the clinic selected and the Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI) software selected, apply your knowledge of database architecture and design for the clinic’s needs.

Please include a brief explanation on the needs of data dictionaries, data warehousing, and overall database architecture (OLAP v. OLTP). Include a listing of the database items that would need to be gathered, their definitions, and how they are utilized.


Assume you are an Office Manager for a small to medium size physician practice clinic. Review the readings, including the information on Systems Selection, Implementation, and the Appendix A RFI/RFP reporting format.

Deliverable:  Prepare a report that outlines:

The needs of the clinic as it relates to Clinical Documentation Improvement Software including:
What is Clinical Documentation Improvement?
What, if any, barriers exist to implementing the software?
What is the role of the HIM professional?
The needs of the larger healthcare community/continuum as it relates to Clinical Documentation Improvement Software.
Research at least three Clinical Documentation Improvement software vendors and review their systems. At a minimum, include the following information in comparing the vendors in a table format:
What are the benefits of the system as listed on their Web page?
What kind of facility utilizes the vendors system?
Is there a coding encoder system component part of the system or available?
Are there any advantages of their system over others (as listed on their Web page)?
Any information available in prices, demonstrations, free trials, and implementation. Could you see inside the system on the vendors website?
Conclude your review with a statement of which system you would purchase as a small office physician practice and why?
In your table or in an additional table, outline the database dictionary terms and definitions commonly used in the implementation of Clinical Documentation Improvement software in a Health Information Department.
What items should be included in the reporting database according to the needs of the clinic as well as the broader health information community/continuum of care?
Are there multiple definitions available for singular terms?
Assignment Requirements

Prepare a report addressing the above questions and issues.
Include your table comparing the CDI vendors and data dictionary items as either a standalone document or embedded in the Word document.
Quoting should be less than 10% of the entire paper. Paraphrasing is necessary.
Cite and reference at least four credible sources from the University Library.
Your writing should be well ordered, logical and unified, as well as original and insightful.
Your table(s) (see example below) may be created in Word, PowerPoint, or Excel.

Be sure to use resources under Academic Tools to assist you with meeting APA expectations for written Assignments.

Your work should display superior content, organization, style, and mechanics. Furthermore, all sources used should be properly cited using APA.

Minimum Submission Requirements

This Assessment should be a Microsoft Word (approximately 3-4 pages) document, in addition to the title and reference pages.
Respond to the questions in a thorough manner, providing specific examples of concepts, topics, definitions, and other elements asked for in the questions. Your submission should be highly organized, logical, and focused.
Your submission must be written in Standard English and demonstrate exceptional content, organization, style, and grammar and mechanics.
Your submission should provide a clearly established and sustained viewpoint and purpose.
Your writing should be well ordered, logical and unified, as well as original and insightful.
A separate page at the end of your submission should contain a list of references, in APA format. Use your textbook, the Library, and the internet for research.
Be sure to cite both in-text and reference list citations where appropriate and reference all sources.  Your sources and content should follow proper APA citation style. Review the writing resources for APA formatting and citation found in Academic Tools. Additional writing resources can be found within the Academic Success Center.
Your submission should:
include a cover sheet;
be double-spaced;
be typed in Times New Roman, 12 -point font;
include correct citations;
be written in Standard English with no spelling or punctuation errors; and
include correct references at the bottom of the last page.

If work submitted for this competency assessment does not meet the minimum submission requirements, it will be returned without being scored.