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HIT 120 - Pharmacology for HIT

Credits: 1
Lecture Hours: 1
Lab Hours: 0
Practicum Hours: 0
Work Experience: 0
Course Type: Voc/Tech

This course provides an introduction to common medication, medication therapies and drug effects relevant to the subject of health information technology. Students will learn the basics of electronic prescribing (e-prescribing), the role of health information technology in drug safety and the current pharmacology environment in the U.S.
1. Explain the current pharmacology environment in the U.S.

1. Describe different pharmacy settings (hospital, retail, internet).

2. List the major chain pharmacies in the U.S.

3. Name several major pharmaceutical companies and key products.

4. Describe the role of Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs).

5. Explain a typical example of prescription drug coverage through private insurance.

6. Discuss prescription drug coverage through Medicare Part D.

7. Identify the dollar amount spent in the U.S. each year for pharmaceuticals.

2. Examine basic knowledge of drug terminology, forms, and routes of administration.

1. Define these terms: therapeutic effect, side effect, adverse effects, target organ.

2. Compare between prescription and over-the-counter drugs.

3. Differentiate between generic name and trade name/brand name.

4. Describe a drug formulary, prior authorization, and step therapy.

5. Differentiate between a local and systemic drug effect.

6. Explain the concept of medication reconciliation.

7. Summarize drug forms and routes of administration.

8. Define nine forms in which drugs are manufactured.

9. Identify eight routes of drug administration.

3. Discuss systems of measurement and the prescription.

1. Name at least three common metric abbreviations used in drug dosages.

2. Define Latin abbreviations indicating frequency of dosing.

3. Identify the basic components of a prescription.

4. Describe which health care professionals are authorized to write prescriptions.

5. Explain the flow of a prescription from time of writing to fulfillment.

4. Describe the basics of electronic prescribing (e-prescribing).

1. Define e-prescribing.

2. Name the participants in e-prescribing including Surescripts the nation’s e-prescription network to enable electronic prescribing and facilitate the secure exchange of health information.

3. Explain how e-prescribing differs from traditional prescription methods.

4. List the basic steps of e-prescribing.

5. Describe the benefits and drawbacks of e-prescribing.

6. Summarize the current use of e-prescribing.

7. Give examples of where to go to learn more about e-prescribing.

8. Discuss what is being done to ensure the security and privacy of prescriptions and personal health information.

9. Explain how the federal government is encouraging e-prescribing.

5. Compare the top 200 Drug list - brand Name, generic name and common use(s)

1. Compare brand and generic names of the top 200 drugs.

2. Identify the common use(s) of the top 200 drugs.

3. Explain the relationship between the medical diagnosis and the drugs.

4. Demonstrate proper pronunciation and spelling of drugs and related terminology.

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