H4IT: Health for IT Professionals

Tuesday, April 2 - 2013
Multi Day Event
Understanding the healthcare system and those who work in it will help make you more effective in your work and more comfortable interacting with the wide range of clinicians, health administrators and other healthcare staff.

Knowing at least the basics about human health, the health system and how the clinical process works is essential for eHealth Professionals. Those who have not had the time or opportunity to participate in a relevant full undergraduate education program often find themselves lacking in this key area of knowledge. The online H4IT program is being offered to address this gap. H4IT introduces the Canadian healthcare system, the basic concepts associated with human health (including discussions about anatomy, physiology and pathology), and the nature and activities of the care process. The material is based on easy-to-understand cases and uses a successive refinement approach to presenting material – we gradually elucidate detail so that it is digestible and memorable. H4IT won’t turn you into a clinician, but it will enable you to understand what clinicians do, what health and sickness are all about and how care is delivered through our health system.


H4IT comprises a series of 5 segments that will be offered in succession over the next year. Each segment will have 4 or 5 sessions, each of about 1.5 hours duration with a half-hour over-run period (total of approximately 33 hours instruction and discussion). Although it will be possible to participate in each session separately, we strongly recommend signing up for at least one complete segment or the entire program.

Sessions will be scheduled weekly with a summer break. The time and day for sessions will be announced.

Program Segments

Segment 1: Introduction
How the Canadian healthcare system is organized, how clinicians provide care and how these worlds are interrelated.

Segment 2: Understanding Doctors, Nurses and Other Care Providers
What they know, how they make decisions, how their actions are influenced by information systems.

Segment 3: Complex Challenges in the Care of Individual Patients and of Populations.

Segment 4: Healthcare in the Developed World
The rise of Chronic Diseases and how the health system, including electronic records, can influence care.

Segment 5: The Evolution of Health, of Medicine and of the Health System
Some key changes that you need to be prepared for.

Segment 1: 5 Sessions

Segment 1 will given in 5 sessions on the following dates.

Session 1: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 – 12:00 PM ET
Session 2: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 – 12:00 PM ET
Session 3: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 – 12:00 PM ET
Session 4: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 – 12:00 PM ET
Session 5: Wednesday, June 5, 2013 – 12:00 PM ET

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