Programs & Initiatives

CHIPS/Q  provides educational and support/consultation services in health informatics and health IT in general, and in the areas of clinical decision support,  electronic health records, and ICD-10 in particular.

Curriculum Development and Training:

UAB was one of five universities funded by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) to collaborate on the development of a national health information technology curriculum.  To date the curriculum materials have been accessed by educators from all 50 states and over 100 countries on 6 continents.  CHIPS/Q faculty and staff were the leaders of UAB’s efforts in this area and are prepared to develop curricula and conduct training to meet other needs for HIT curriculum materials. 

Activities in this area include:

  • Development of a publicly available set of videos of practitioners and national leaders in health IT. These videos can accompany the ONC curriculum materials or can be used independently.
  • Development of curriculum modules on health information technology for Health Administration students as part of the initiative of the AUPHA Health Information Management Systems Technology and Analysis Task Force initiative.
  • Extension of the ONC Curriculum Development Centers Project to develop HIT materials for use in low resource settings.  These materials are currently being used in partnership with the Regional Health Care Network as part of a grant funded by the Health Services and Research Administration (HRSA) to train the rural health IT workforce in Alabama. 
  • Provide advice and consultation to Boston University on the development of  an online health informatics curriculum for clinical and translational scientists.

Continuing Education:

CHIPS/Q conducts a variety of health Informatics and health IT continuing education programs.  Current programs include:

AMIA 10 x 10  For the past seven years UAB has been a partner with the American Medical Informatics Association to provide health informatics continuing education.

ICD-10 Training—Three CHIPS/Q faculty members are AHIMA-Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainers and are currently conducting training with UAB Hospital.