• 10x10 with University of Illinois at Chicago

    Patient Safety and Health Information Technology

Patient Safety and Health Information Technology

10x10 with UIC: Course Description

Rarely is it the technology alone that contributes to unsafe conditions in health care, but rather it is the "technology in place." In November 2011, the Institute of Medicine announced its report, Health IT and Patient Safety:  Building Safer Systems for Better Care, describing the need to incorporate a systems approach when thinking about health information technology (HIT). The focus of the AMIA 10x10 at UIC is health information technology (including the EHR in inpatient, ambulatory, and physician office sites) and implications for patient safety.

UIC remains committed to an interdisciplinary focus to its biomedical and health informatics curricula; as a student, you will work with peer informaticians, patient safety leaders, and faculty from many healthcare disciplines. We also remain committed to our unique focus on understanding the sociotechnical aspects of computing, including understanding why implementation of the best software or hardware sometimes fails to meet expectations.

This graduate-level online course requires participants to assimilate concepts and develop critical thinking skills. The design of the UIC 10x10 course semester supports the work and lifestyle of our adult learners through its focus on asynchronous work; however, this is not an independent study course. Active learning means students are expected to complete their readings and participate in discussions on a regular basis. No prerequisites are required.

Wondering about the name? 10x10?  The 10x10 course gets its name from its original goal when launched in 2005 of educating 10,000 healthcare and related professionals in biomedical and health informatics by 2010.

Target Audience

The target audience for this Internet enduring material activity is health care professionals including clinicians—physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, allied health professionals—and non-clinicians—any health care professional who interacts with or has an interest in the understanding the intended—and unintended—consequences of HIT.

All registrants of the UIC 10x10 course will receive member rates to any AMIA meeting they attend in the 2018 calendar year (Jan. 1st to Dec. 31st). Registrants, once they become a 10x10 student, can take advantage of member rates to any AMIA meetings that takes place within the same year they are a 10x10 student. These rates are usually $200 less than a non-member rate.

10x10 Organization

The 10x10 at UIC is structured in two parts:

Part I:  Twelve (12) weeks composed of an eight-unit Web-based component starting June 18, 2018 and ending August 10, 2018. The Web-based portion is provided through readings and other web-based resources, interactive discussion, and self-assessments. The focus of the remaining four weeks, ending September 7, 2018, is the independent project on the student’s topic of choice (with approval of faculty) that is prepared and presented at the in-person session.  In cases where the student cannot attend the in-person session, an alternative opportunity for presentation will be arranged using webinar technology at a time convenient to the student and faculty.

Part II:  An intensive, optional one-half day in-person session held in conjunction with the AMIA 2018 Annual Symposium in San Francisco, CA, in November 2018. The in-person session will bring participants together to integrate the material, allow presentation of course projects, and meet the instructors as well as other students in person. The details of the session will be provided by the instructor during the course.

The in-person session is not mandatory, but strongly recommended for students to complete their learning experience. Registered students will receive registrations to two workshops of their choosing during the AMIA 2018 Annual Symposium.

Students must complete all course assignments, the course project (regardless of participation in the in-person session), and participate in online discussions to receive the AMIA 10x10 Certificate of Completion.

Topic Overview

I. Orientation to Patient Safety and Health Information Technology (HIT)

II. Enabling Technologies and Applications

  • CDS/CPOE/Diagnostic Decision Support
  • Consumer Health Informatics
  • mHealth

​III. Patient Safety in the Context of HIT Use

  • Communications, Hand-offs
  • Sociotechnical Aspects and Human Factors
  • Ethical Issues
  • Evaluation/Measurement and Analysis

IV. Course Project Preparation and Presentation; Face-to-Face Faculty/Student Networking Session at AMIA 2018 Annual Symposium


At the completion of UIC's 10x10 course, you will be able to:

  • Evaluate HIT's opportunities and obstacles in the context of safety.
  • Critique examples of IT in support of engaging patients and their families and the accompanying patient safety risk.
  • Reflect on, in the context of Mobile Health (mHealth), the strategic factors, key drivers and innovations that promise to catalyze paradigm changes in health care delivery and patient safety.
  • Identify and evaluate ethical issues arising from HIT-related errors and analyze them through the lens of an ethical decision-making model.
  • Integrate opportunities for HIT and cultural intervention to improve patient safety.
  • Apply human factors methodologies to HIT development, use, and implementation in health care settings
  • Apply theories learned to health informatics practice.


Students access UIC's 10x10 course through Blackboard, UIC's learning management system. Access to all readings is through UIC's electronic library data bases. Each student will be provided a login and password. Technical support is provided as needed.

In the online course site, participants will be engaged in readings, online lectures and interactive discussions. Students can participate anytime day or night, when their schedule allows, while still meeting due dates for weekly assignments. No additional course materials need to be purchased; students can print course materials for future use. For successful completion of the course, students are expected to keep up with the unit assignments, participate in discussions and complete self-assessments.

The teaching modalities used in this course include:

  • Online interactive threaded discussion. Students will interact with fellow peer informaticians, patient safety leaders, and faculty, answering and discussing thoughtful questions posed by the lead instructor who is an expert in the field. A faculty member with content expertise will facilitate the discussions.
  • Online short self-assessments. Students will periodically be given a multiple choice self-assessment to test their knowledge of the course content.
  • Reading assignments. Students will be expected to read assigned journal articles and items posted in the electronic references of the UIC library. No textbook is required for this course. All reading assignments will be freely available from UIC.
  • Online group work. Students will interact with fellow students, where appropriate.
  • Face-to-face interactive session. In November 2018, at the AMIA 2018 Annual Symposium in San Francisco, CA.

Beyond 10x10

The goal of the AMIA 10x10 program is to train future leaders in the development, dissemination, and evaluation of information technology as it relates to the healthcare environment. The 10x10 program alone will not make one a full-time professional in informatics, but is structured to allow those who successfully complete the course and earn the Certificate of Completion to carry three semester hours of proficiency credit forward into other graduate programs in informatics at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The details vary by individual program.

More details about the individual degree programs are available on the University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Biomedical and Health Information Sciences website. Please view this link for more details:  https://ahs.uic.edu/biomedical-health-information-sciences/

Accreditation Statement

The American Medical Informatics Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Statement

The American Medical Informatics Association designates this enduring material for a maximum of 56 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Estimated Time Expected to Complete Activity

Estimated time to complete this activity: 56 hours.

Criteria for Successful Completion

Completion of this enduring material is demonstrated by participation in all online sessions, completion of a Capstone project or a Capstone scoping review, and completion of a participant survey. Attendance at an in-person session for class participants with the faculty is optional. 

Commercial Support

No commercial support was received for this activity.

Disclosure Policy

As a provider accredited by the ACCME, AMIA requires that everyone who is in a position to control the content of an educational activity disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest for 12 months prior to the educational activity.

The ACCME considers relationships of the person involved in the CME activity to include financial relationships of a spouse or partner.

Faculty and planners who refuse to disclose relevant financial relationships will be disqualified from participating in the CME activity. For an individual with no relevant financial relationship(s), the participants must be informed that no conflicts of interest or financial relationship(s) exist.

AMIA uses a number of methods to resolve potential conflicts of interest, including: limiting content of the presentation to that which has been reviewed by one or more peer reviewers; ensuring that all scientific research referred to conforms to generally accepted standards of experimental design, data collection, and analysis; undertaking review of the educational activity by a content reviewer to evaluate for potential bias, balance in presentation, evidence-based content or other indicators of integrity, and absence of bias; monitoring the educational activity to evaluate for commercial bias in the presentation; and/or reviewing participant feedback to evaluate for commercial bias in the activity.

Disclosures for this Activity

Role Name Relationship Type of Relationship Commercial Interest
Faculty Annette Valenta No    
Faculty Joanna Abraham No    
Faculty Margaret Czart No    
Faculty Spyros Kitsiou No    
Faculty Eric S. Swirsky No    

Instructions for Claiming CME Credit

CME site (MyAMIA) works best with IE 8 or above version, Chrome, and Firefox.

  • Login to the AMIA site
  • Go to “My Events" under Membership/Activities
  • Click “Apply for Credits" link for meeting or event you attended.
  • Follow the instructions on the Credit Registration page.
  • Physicians: To print out your certificate, go to "My CME/CE Credits" under
  • Membership/Activities.
  • Other attendees: if you require a certificate of participation, please contact pesha@amia.org

Hardware/Software Requirements

  •   A computer with an Internet connection.
  •   Internet Explorer 8 or higher, Firefox 4.x or higher, Safari 2.x or higher, or any other W3C standards compliant browser
  •   HTML5-capable browser for video or audio play or download
  •   Additional software such as PowerPoint® or Adobe Acrobat Reader software

Contact Information

For questions about the 10x10 course, please contact Susanne Arnold, Education Program Manager at susanne@amia.org or (301) 657-5912.