Introduction to Health Care Data Analytics

Introduction to Health Care Data AnalyticsHIMSS in collaboration with Bellevue College is offering a free Introduction to Health Care Data Analytics course.  Course begins March 12 and must be completed by May 20.

  • Enhance your career with in-demand skills with this free one-time opportunity
  • Earn 20 CEs upon course completion
  • Online, self-paced, approximately 25 hours
  • Optional interaction with other participants through discussion forums
  • Complete on your own schedule between 3/12 and 5/20

Why Data Analytics?

According to a 2011 McKinsey Report, there will be a shortage of talent necessary for organizations to take advantage of big data. By 2018, the United States alone could face a shortage of 140,000 to 190,000 people with deep analytical skills as well as 1.5 million managers and analysts with the know-how to use the analysis of big data to make effective decisions.

And when the consulting firm Accenture surveyed its clients on their big-data strategies in April 2014, more than 90 percent said they planned to hire more employees with expertise in data science—most within a year. However, 41 percent of the more than 1,000 respondents cited a lack of talent as a chief obstacle.

Course Description

Data analytics plays an increasingly greater role in health care organizations, while many healthcare professionals lack training in this vital area. Introduction to Health Care Data Analytics, a 10 week, 25-hour online course addresses this pressing need. It provides healthcare employees in a broad range of roles (clinical and non-clinical) with foundational knowledge of analytics, covering key components of the data analysis process, including strategies for effectively capturing and communicating information gleaned from data analytics efforts. The overarching goal is to equip participants to effectively contribute to and/or conduct data analytics projects. This introductory course does not have an IT-intensive focus; the only technical skill required is basic proficiency with Excel. Familiarity with statistical thinking would be helpful, but is not required.

Goals and Objectives

  • Describe the tools and techniques used for data analytics in health care organizations.
  • Discuss the role of data analytics in quality and performance improvement efforts.

Timeframe and Format

  • 100% online, self-paced course available from March 12, 2017 - May 20, 2017
  • Program includes a mix of interactive activities, videos, lectures, reading and optional online discussion


  • There are no pre-requisites for this course; however, basic knowledge and skill in the use of Microsoft Excel is highly recommended.
  • Appropriate for anyone interested in healthcare data analytics.
  • The course is free, but participants who register should plan to commit to completion.



  1. Discuss the drivers for health care transformation
  2. Identify quality initiatives that have shaped the national health care landscape
  3. Define health care quality and value
  4. Describe the background and evolution of quality and performance improvement
  5. Discuss the QI frameworks that utilize analytics
  6. Define health care data analytics
  7. Discuss how analytics can help transform health care


  1. Describe the data information, knowledge and wisdom hierarchy
  2. Explain how data can be an organizational asset
  3. List sources of health care data
  4. Describe the challenges HCO’s face when using data for quality and performance improvement
  5. Describe an organizational approach for effective use of data analytics
  6. Describe the role of data governance
  7. Identify attributes of quality data (Ref: AHIMA)
  8. Identify features of a data driven organization


  1. Describe the information value chain
  2. Discuss the importance of data context and relevance to business processes
  3. Define common data types  
  4. Define basic statistical terms
  5. Identify basic methods of summarizing data
  6. Identify common errors in working with data


  1. Define data analytics terms
  2. Describe the role of the data analyst
  3. Describe the process steps of data analytics and the tools used in each step
  4. Apply appropriate tools and techniques to analyze and interpret healthcare data effectively
  5. Describe enterprise data architecture as seen in health care organizations
  6. Describe the various types of databases and how they are structured
  7. Describe key data warehouse concepts


  1. Identify types of problems encountered in health care
  2. Describe the purpose and use of  Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) to drive organizational performance
  3. Review problem-solving methodologies and tools
  4. Apply the DMAIC problem-solving model to a health care issue
  5. Integrate relevant Project Management methodologies into data analytics projects
  6. Apply statistical thinking in the analysis of data
  7. Identify the role of advanced tools for problem-solving with data


  1. Describe ways to effectively display data for improved comprehension
  2. Select appropriate options for displaying information
  3. Identify background information that should be included in reports
  4. Determine what information stakeholders need and want to know
  5. Determine the best ways to communicate information with specific audiences


  • Video presentations by analytics experts
  • Interactive learning activities
  • Recorded voice-over PowerPoint lectures
  • Required readings
  • Optional discussion forums  
  • Case study

Registration for this course is now full.

This program has been approved for up to 20 continuing education (CE) hours for use in fulfilling the continuing education requirements of the Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS) or the Certified Associate in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CAHIMS).  Certificates of completion will be issued by Bellevue College upon completion of the course.

Certificates of completion from both HIMSS and Bellevue College will be emailed after the course closes.

This HIMSS offering made possible through a collaboration between Bellevue College and the Veterans Health Administration, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and funded by the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology award number 90WT0002.


Please contact Mara Daiker, Senior Manager, Professional Development.