HIT 440 Health Information Exchange and Networking

Ellis Confer

Spring 2020-2021
Class number: 30604
Section number: 901
Th 5:45PM - 9:00PM
OLSYN CH000 Online Campus


This course discusses electronic health information exchanges and their design, implementation and use including consideration of requirements and design criteria related to information security, privacy and integrity, data exchange standards, basic principles of telecommunications and infrastructure security. The course also discusses the challenges of adopting and sustaining the viability of HIE solutions.


The Health Information Exchange Formation Guide, 1st edition, by Laura Coleman and Bob Brown, HIMSS Publishing, ISBN 978-0982107089

Other books, articles and web-links will be recommended or supplied as appropriate.


The student's final grade will be based on a weighted average of the exam score, the project (including the project report and final presentation), the paper, class projects and class participation. Weights are as follows:

HW/Project Assignments 35%
Midterm Exam 30%
Final Exam 30%
Class Participation 5%

Grades will be determined as follows:
92% - 100% A;
90% - 91% A-;
87% - 89% B+;
80% - 86% B;
77% - 79% B-;
70% - 76% C;
67% - 69% C-;
60% - 66% D;
0 % - 60% F.

Specific class participation activities for DL students will be outlined during each relevant session.

Class Policies

1. No makeup exams will be given. 2. Homework assignments must be turned in on time on the day of class when the assignment is due via D2L or as instructed per the assignment's posted requirements. Late assignments will be docked two letter grades if turned in during the first week after the initial due date. Thereafter, late homework responses will be docked an additional letter grade for each week that the assignment response is turned in late. For example, an assignment response that was turned in within the first week beyond the initial due date will receive a grade of 'C'if the on-time response had been appraised to have garnered a grade of 'A'. For each week thereafter when the assignment was turned in, the 'C' grade will be reduced by another letter grade. 3. No laptop use or internet browsing allowed while the class is in session unless specifically authorized or requested by the instructor for a specific class session.

- Introductions
- Class Policies and Administration
- Introduction to Health Information Exchange including the following.

  • US Healthcare System & HIE Requirements
  • The US HIE Vision: Towards a Nationwide Health Information Network
  • Status of US HIE Implementation
  • Key Stakeholders & Constituents

For the remainder of the sessions, please refer to the syllabus made available at the first class session and subsequently available via the class website.

School policies:

Changes to Syllabus

This syllabus is subject to change as necessary during the quarter. If a change occurs, it will be thoroughly addressed during class, posted under Announcements in D2L and sent via email.

Online Course Evaluations

Evaluations are a way for students to provide valuable feedback regarding their instructor and the course. Detailed feedback will enable the instructor to continuously tailor teaching methods and course content to meet the learning goals of the course and the academic needs of the students. They are a requirement of the course and are key to continue to provide you with the highest quality of teaching. The evaluations are anonymous; the instructor and administration do not track who entered what responses. A program is used to check if the student completed the evaluations, but the evaluation is completely separate from the student’s identity. Since 100% participation is our goal, students are sent periodic reminders over three weeks. Students do not receive reminders once they complete the evaluation. Students complete the evaluation online in CampusConnect.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

This course will be subject to the university's academic integrity policy. More information can be found at If you have any questions be sure to consult with your professor.

Academic Policies

All students are required to manage their class schedules each term in accordance with the deadlines for enrolling and withdrawing as indicated in the University Academic Calendar. Information on enrollment, withdrawal, grading and incompletes can be found at

Students with Disabilities

Students who feel they may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the instructor privately to discuss their specific needs. All discussions will remain confidential.
To ensure that you receive the most appropriate accommodation based on your needs, contact the instructor as early as possible in the quarter (preferably within the first week of class), and make sure that you have contacted the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) at:
Lewis Center 1420, 25 East Jackson Blvd.
Phone number: (312)362-8002
Fax: (312)362-6544
TTY: (773)325.7296