This on-demand course aims to provide students with a basic understanding of the hardware and software components involved in healthcare IT information systems. Students will learn to identify major hardware components and peripherals, distinguish between different software layers and applications, and gain knowledge about various operating systems and database systems.

The course covers topics such as:

  • Hardware architecture
  • CPU
  • Memory
  • Disk Technology
  • IP/MAC addresses
  • Peripheral interfaces and exchange media.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify and describe the major hardware components and peripherals involved in healthcare IT information systems, including CPU, memory, disk technology, IP/MAC addresses, and peripheral interfaces.
  • Distinguish between different software layers and applications in healthcare IT information systems, including understanding software architecture and the role of operating systems.
  • Demonstrate the ability to perform basic hardware and software maintenance and upgrades, including troubleshooting and resolving common issues.
  • Execute basic operating system commands and run utilities to manage and maintain healthcare IT information systems, including file management, user management, and system configuration.
  • Perform simple queries using SQL to retrieve and manipulate data from healthcare databases, including understanding basic database architectures and the use of SQL commands.

Format/Class Structure

This is a self-paced course, accessible completely online. You can expect to spend about 5 hours completing this course.

Who Should Take This Course

This course is suitable for healthcare IT professionals and those pursuing careers in healthcare IT, and healthcare administrators and managers.

Content Outline

Module 1: Hardware

  • Architecture
  • Hardware
  • CPU
  • Memory

Module 2: Peripherals

  • Disk technology
  • IP/MAC addresses
  • Peripheral interfaces
  • Exchange media

Module 3: Software

  • Software Architecture
  • Operating systems

Module 4: Operating System Details

  • Unix, linux,
  • Windows
  • DOS
  • Mobile OS
  • Basic OS commands

Module 5: Databases

  • Database architectures
  • Flat file
  • Hierarchical
  • Relational
  • Object oriented
  • Basic SQL commands

CE Credit

The Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine has approved this activity for 5.0 hours of SIIM IIP Credits towards certification and re-certification by the American Board of Imaging Informatics (ABII).

To receive credit for the activity, registrants must complete the course modules and survey.

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  • On-Demand

Audience Type

  • Developer
  • Imaging IT


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