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Course Information

This third continuing education course in the program focuses on the development of a high quality electronic medical record (EMR) related to behavioral health care. There is a focus on developing a "seamless" integration of the behavioral health client record with all other dimensions of a comprehensive care record, including major disciplines of overall health care by multiple providers. Students will study integration issues, types of charting systems, electronic prescriptions and issues related to medications and patient billing for services. The major goal is educating professionals in the development of a medical records system that is electronic and represents documentation of a coordinated care model via the addition of patient care from the behavioral/mental health perspective of a holistic paradigm. Also presented are foundations, operations, structures, and benefits and pitfalls of health information systems in behavioral health. Issues of strict confidentiality are also presented. Course Code: HT 520. Contact hours of education = 40.

Prerequisite: This program is open only to health care professionals who are currently licensed to practice in their state or country, or other candidates who can verify two or more years of practice experience directly related to health care information technologies.

This course is specifically designed for those qualifying professionals who are studying to meet the education requirements for application for certification as a Certified Health Care Technology Specialist, with a Specialty in Behavioral Health, by the American Institute of Health Care Professionals, Inc. For Certification Information: access here.

Instructor/Course Author:  Suken Dey, Ph.D.

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Bio: Dr. Sukhen Dey serves as an Adjunct Faculty of Computing Science and Informatics, Adjunct to Masters of Liberal Studies at Indiana University Southeast in New Albany, Indiana and a former Adjunct to Masters of Health care Leadership, Park University, St. Louise, Missouri. He holds a doctorate degree in Interdisciplinary Science, an Education Specialist degree in Higher Education and an MBA, all from the University of Louisville. He has extensive experience in systems analysis and design, database development, customer and employee survey analysis, statistical analysis and continuous quality measurement systems. He has published numerous articles in his areas of expertise and presented at several national and international conferences. Dr. Dey has over twenty years of experience consulting with national and international corporations in information technology, medical informatics, market research, systems analysis, predictive modeling, customer satisfaction and human resources data systems.  Dr. Dey has applied his continuous quality tracking models to health care, insurance, banking and higher education. He is the founder of Deyta, Inc., (Deyta.com) a Louisville, Kentucky company specializing in performance measurement systems as well as President of Strategic Wisdom, specializing in Distance Learning, Curriculum design, Systems analysis and Design, Data Mining and Predictive Analysis.  Dr. Dey is a life member of Cambridge Who’s Who Registry.He is a Recipient, President’s Order of Merit Republican Congressional Committee, 2006. He is an Author, Speaker, Consultant and Editor

BOARD APPROVALS: AIHCP is an approved provider of continuing education by the Florida Board of Nursing and the District of Columbia Board of Nursing. CE Provider # 50-11975. The American Institute of Health Care Professionals, Inc. is a licensed Continuing Education Provider in the State of California, Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # CEP 15595. Access information

This course is also approved by the Florida Office of School Psychology for 40 contact hours of continuing education.

Course Demo: Please access this link to preview a course demostration. This demonstration provides you with an abstract of how the courses are designed by Dr. Dey. Please click here.

TIME FRAME:You are allotted two years from the date of enrollment, to complete all of the required courses in this specialty program. There are no set time-frames, other than the two year allotted time. If you do not complete the course within the two-year time-frame, you will be removed from the course and an "incomplete" will be recorded for you in our records. Also, if you would like to complete the course after this two-year expiration time, you would need to register and pay the course tuition fee again.


There are no required purchased textbooks for this course. All course/study materials, including written lectures, accompanying reading assignments and online videos are provided.

Learning Methods

Students will utilized online lectures, videos and various links to associated web articles and presentations.

GRADING: You must achieve a passing score of at least 70% to complete this course and receive the 40 hours of awarded continuing education credit. There are no letter grades assigned. You will receive notice of your total % score. Those who score below the minimum of 70% will be contacted by the us and options for completing additional course work to achieve a passing score, will be presented.

ONLINE COMMUNITY MESSAGE BOARDS: Enrolled students have full access to our online Student Community Message Boards. These message boards allow students in our CE courses to meet each other, communicate online, share information, discuss topics of study and interest and much more. Full access is provided via the online classroom.

Course Objectives

Upon Completion of this Course students will:

  1. Gain familiarity of the overall concepts, selected terms and definitions within the world of Electronic Medical Record Systems (EMR).
  2. Gain an understanding of the various major functions of an EMR system.
  3. Understand applications of an EMR system within Behavioral Health care practices.
  4. Understand and discuss how EMRs' can impact physicians productivity based on patient needs and practice workflow in Behavioral Health practices.
  5. Attain an understanding of Electronic Health Record based government grants, incentives and “Meaningful Use” requirements of the technology. 

Course Content

A brief abstract of content:

  • What are Electronic Health Record and Electronic Medical Record Systems?
  • How Patient Information Review, Entry and Access improve physician’s productivity?
  • An overview of EMR systems for Behavioral Health practices.
  • An analysis of Behavioral Health practice workflow and the role of an EMR in integrated Behavioral Health care.
  • Emerging Technologies in Electronic Medical Record Systems.

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