HIT 5303 Safety and Security in Applied Health Informatics

Credit Hours: (2 hours lecture/3 hours lab per week) 3 semester credits


This course will focus on the social and technical aspects of safety and security in healthcare. While there is much public focus on the technical aspects of privacy and security, social practices and behaviors are often the ‘weak link’ in the security chain. Students will explore the strengths and weakness of different password structures, biomorphic identification, and automated security systems. These will be explored both from the technical and social aspects. The goal will be to find the optimal combination that can be incorporated into the workflow of specific organizations. The rest will be a ‘best fit’ security solution.

Prerequisites

Access to the Internet, personal computer and consent of the instructor.

Additional Information

The Professional Applied Masters Program in Health Informatics course work is not transferable to the Master of Science in Health Informatics or the Doctor of Philosophy in Health Informatics.

Course Goals

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will:

  • Identify the safety and security needs of information systems.
  • Develop a basic vocabulary of safety and security systems.
  • Describe fundamental elements, principles, methodologies, and techniques used to provide a secure
    and safe systems environment.
  • Identify the social and technical aspects of safety and security in health information technology.
  • Explore the strengths and weakness of different aspects such as password structures, biomorphic
    identification, and automated security systems.
  • Identify a balanced combination of elements providing a safe and secure systems environment.
  • This course provides a basic introduction to safety and security needs of information systems.