Elements Health 
Information Science 
Fall 1998 
Charles Webster, MD, MSIS, MSIS
 
September 1998
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 1  Introduction to Health Care 
    Software Development 
    Lab:Your First Program! (Zak 1)
    Web-based Course Resources
 8  Designing Health Care 
    Application Interfaces I 
    Lab: Creating an Order Entry 
         Screen (Zak 2)
15  Designing Health Care 
    Application Interfaces II 
    Lab: Creating an Order Entry 
         Screen (continued)
22  Electronic Medical Record 
    Data Types I 
    Lab: Using Variables and 
         Constants (Zak 3)
29  Electronic Medical Record 
    Data Types II 
    Lab: Using Variables and 
         Constants (continued)

October 1998
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 6  Getting Computers to Make 
    Medical Decisions I 
    Lab: The Selection Structure
         (Zak 4)
13  Getting Computers to Make 
    Medical Decisions II 
    Lab: The Selection Structure 
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20  Examination
27  Getting Computers to Do 
    Boringly Repetitive Things I 
    Lab: The Repetition Structure
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 3  Getting Computers to Do 
    Boringly Repetitive Things II 
    Lab: The Repetition Structure 
         (continued) 
10  File Manipulation: Creating a 
    Simple Database Application
    Lab: The PAO Application (Zak 6)
17  Menu Construction: Creating a 
    Simple Word Processor
    Lab: The PAO Application
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 1  Work on Projects 
15  Final Examination 
    Projects Due

DUQUESNE UNIVERSITY
JOHN G. RANGOS SCHOOL OF HEALTH SCIENCES
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS
Element of Health Information Science
HLTMS 310/510


 






Fall 1998
Lecture: Tuesday 5:00-5:50
Lab: Tuesday 6:00-8:40
Fisher 435

Charles Webster, M.D., M.S.I.E., M.S.I.S.
396-4767
webster@duq3.cc.duq.edu
Office Hours By Appointment

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course provides an introduction to computer programming for individuals who will need to work with health care software developers. Alternating between learning new programming concepts and techniques, and application of those concepts and techniques to health care examples, students will learn to create simple medical software, such as dialogue screens for medical information systems, disease management applications, and automated patient surveys.

The class will use a combination of lecture-discussion and a hands-on computer laboratory, where students will work through exercises that introduce them to a popular visual development environment (Visual Basic 5.0), and then create simple examples of medical software. Students will undertake a health care relevant programming project.
 

COURSE OBJECTIVES

1. Acquaint the student with current trends in health care software development.

2. Introduce basic programming concepts and user interface concepts.

3. Learn to use a popular software development tool.

4. Gain hands on experience developing prototype health care software.
 

REQUIRED READINGS

1. Programming with Microsoft Visual Basic 5.0 for Windows, Diane Zak, Course Technology, Cambridge, Boston, 1997. (Hereafter referred to as Zak)

2. Readings as assigned by the professor.

OTHER REQUIRED MATERIALS

Box of 10 double-sided, high-density 1.4 Megabyte floppy diskettes.
 

 COURSE REQUIREMENTS

1. Examination 1 (37.5%)

2. Programming Project (20%)

3. Final Exam (37.5%)

4. Class participation (5%)