Health Information Technology Foundations

Health Information Technology Foundations was developed with funding from the Open Professionals Education Network (OPEN), which is funded by the Gates Foundation to support Department of Labor (DoL) Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College & Career Training (TAACCCT) grantees. OPEN is funding the collaboration of Open Learning Initiative (OLI), Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST), and Creative Commons (CC) to work with TAACCCT grantees Bellevue College and MoHealthWins consortium members St. Louis Community College and Metropolitan Community College - KC. This course builds on source content created with funding from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and CAHIMS curriculum created by Bellevue College with funding from the National Science Foundation. The course consists of Unit 1, Introduction and Learning Strategies; Unit 2, Healthcare Environment; Unit 3, Technology Environment; Unit 4, HIMS Analysis and Design; Unit 5, HIMS Selection and Acquisition; Unit 6, HIMS Implementation and Management; Unit 7, Privacy and Security; Unit 8, Leadership and Planning; and Unit 9, Professionalism and Communication Skills.
Additional Public Access To Materials:
Primary Material Type:
Online Course
St. Louis Community College
Project Name:
Health, Meaningful Use, HIMSS, CAHIMS, Health IT, Health Information Management Systems, Health Information Technology, Healthcare Delivery, Healthcare Payment, Healthcare Job Roles, Electronic Health Records, Electronic Medical Records, Healthcare Data Exchanges, Workflow Analysis

Industry / Occupation

Industry Partner:
Health Information Management Systems Society - content aligned to the CAHIMS certification
Industry Sector:
Information Technology -- Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services (518)
Computer and Mathematical Occupations -- Computer Systems Analysts (15-1051)

Education / Instructional Information

Instructional Program:
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (11)
Credit Type:
  • Credit
  • Non-Credit
Credential Type:
  • Certificate
  • Credential
  • Stacked/Latticed Credential Model
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelors Degree
Educational Level of Materials:
  • 1st year Community College or equivalent
Time Required:
110-150 hours, varies by individual
English (United States)
Interactivity Type:
Mix of Active and Presentation.
Quality Rubric:
Quality Assurance Organization:
Healthcare Editorial Board
Quality Note:
Developed in collaboration with the Open Learning Initiative, a grant-funded collaboration between Carnegie Mellon University and Stanford University. For more information about OLI, please visit
Quality of Subject Matter was assured by:
  • Consultations during development of instructional materials
  • Participation as an ongoing member of team developing the instructional materials
  • Conducting an evaluation of the instructional materials and providing a report
  • Using an approved rubric to conduct the evaluation of the instructional materials and providing a report
  • SME Quality Report is posted in Skills Commons
Quality of Online/Hybrid Course Design assured by:
  • Expertise of Project's Instructional Designers
  • Other Rubric
Course Note:
Health Information Technology Foundations / EHR I and EHR II


Accessibility Features:
  • Text Access - Text to Speech
  • Text Adjust - Compatible
  • Text Adjustment - Adjust Font and Colors
  • Reading Layout - Reflow the Text
  • Reading Layout - Page numbers match printed material
  • Reading Layout - Reflow the Text
  • Reading Order - Digital resource layout
  • Structural Markup - Navigation Text
  • Structural Markup - Lists
  • Structural Markup - eReader application
  • Table Markup
  • Hyperlinks Rendered As Active
  • Colors Compatible With Assistive Technology
  • Contrast Ratio of at Least 4.5:1.
  • Language - Markup
  • Language - Passage Markup
  • Non-Decorative Images Have Alt Text
  • Decorative Images Marked With Null Alt Text
  • Complex Images, Charts, and Graphs Have Text Descriptions
  • Synchronized Text Track
  • Transcript Provided With Audio Content
  • Audio/Video Delivered Via Media Player
  • Non Flickering Content
  • STEM Content (e.g. Mathematics, Chemistry) Markup
  • STEM - Notation markup
  • Interactive - Markup
  • Interactive - Text prompts

Copyright / Licensing

Copyright Owner:
Open Learning Initiative; In April 2010, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology awarded $10 million in grants to five domestic institutions of higher education to develop curriculum and instructional materials to enhance workforce training programs primarily at the community college level. This course is largely based on the content produced from the ONC grant.