• 10x10 with University of Illinois at Chicago

    Patient Safety and Health Information Technology

Patient Safety and Health Information Technology

10x10 with UIC: Course Description

The University of Illinois at Chicago's (UIC) AMIA 10x10 course examines how health information technology (HIT) can support or inhibit patient safety with a focus on the role of individuals, teams, systems and policies in patient safety. This online interactive course integrates seminal reports, recent research, interactive learning modules, timely articles from the lay press, and assignments that allow students to learn practical applications of the course content in their current or future work roles. 

The course maintains 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.


Target Audience

The target audience for this activity is health care professionals including clinicians—physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, social workers, occupational therapists, and other 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. One of the strengths of the course is the interaction you will have with classmates with different backgrounds in healthcare delivery. 

Ideal for professionals looking for quality and convenience. No prerequisites are required. 

10x10 Organization

The 12-week course is delivered in two parts:

Part I:  A four-unit Web-based component starting June 17, 2019 and ending August 9, 2019 is comprised of readings and other web-based resources and assignments.

Part II:  The focus of the remaining four weeks, ending September 6, 2019, is an independent project on the student's topic of choice (with approval of faculty) that the student presents at an in-person session. The in-person session is held in conjunction with the AMIA 2019 Annual Symposium in Washington, DC, in November 2019.

The in-person session is not mandatory, but is strongly recommended for students to complete their learning experience providing an excellent opportunity to integrate the course material, receive feedback and interact with faculty and other students in person. 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. Registered students will receive registrations to two workshops of their choosing during the AMIA 2019 Annual Symposium.

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Course runs June 17 - September 6
Enrollment through June 10

Students must complete both parts of the course and all course assignments to receive the AMIA 10x10 Certificate of Completion.

Clinical informaticians board-certified through the American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) may earn 56 LLSA/MOC-II credits for completing both parts of the course and all course assignments.

Topic Overview

Topics covered include:

  • Historical Context for U.S. Patient Safety Movement
  • Sociotechnical, Teamwork & Human Factors Aspects
  • The Role of Electronic Health Records in Detecting and Preventing Errors
  • Usability as a Driver of Safety
  • The Patient Role in Safety
  • Opportunities in mHealth from a Patient Safety Perspective
  • Evaluation Methods for Safety of Health Information Technology
  • The Ethical and Legal Landscape


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

  • Evaluate HIT's opportunities and obstacles in the context of 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.
  • Identify sociotechnical aspects, including human factors, of health information technology that can contribute to actual or potential harm.
  • Describe the ubiquitous role that electronic health records have in patient safety. 
  • Analyze the patient safety benefits and unintended consequences of IT that seeks to engage patients.
  • Describe the role of Mobile Health (mHealth) in patient safety. 
  • Apply theories, models and frameworks commonly used in informatics practice to develop solutions to prevent harm caused by health information technologies.

This graduate-level online course requires participants to assimilate concepts, develop critical thinking skills and discern practical applications of the material. The design of the 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 and the course is organized into 4 topically connected units, each of which begins and ends for the class as a whole.


Students access UIC's 10x10 course through Blackboard, UIC's learning management system. Access to readings are through UIC's electronic library data bases. Course readings maybe saved or printed for future student use. 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 learning modules, online lectures and interactive discussions. Students can participate anytime day or night, when their schedule allows, while still meeting due dates for weekly assignments. For successful completion of the course, students are expected to keep up with the unit assignments, participate in discussions and complete self-assessments.

The primary teaching modalities used in this 4-unit course include:

  • Reading assignments. In the first week of the unit, the students will be expected to read assigned articles, book chapters and interactive modules posted via the electronic references of the UIC library.
  • Online quizzes - There will be brief individual and team based quizzes to demonstrate understanding of each units' content
  • Practical Application Assignments - Each unit will include a team assignment that requires students to work in teams to apply the content of the unit
  • Self-Reflections - Each unit will include a brief written self-reflection that focuses on their personal insights related to each unit. 
  • Face-to-face interactive session. Students will present their project to faculty and peers in November 2019, at the AMIA 2019 Annual Symposium in Washington, DC. 

Additional UIC 10x10 Benefits

  • Up to 56 AMA PRA Category 1 credits. 
  • Certificate of completion
  • An optional in-person session at the culmination of the course, at no extra fee, taking place in November at the AMIA Annual Symposium in Washington, DC.
  • Registrations for up to two - (half day or one full-day) workshops of their choosing during the AMIA 2019 Annual Symposium.
  • Member rates to any AMIA meeting they attend in the 2019 calendar year (through Dec. 31st). These rates are usually $200 less than a non-member rate.

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 patient safety. 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 activities and completion of an independent student project. Given the timeline of the course, student projects do not include implementation of an HIT. Rather, successful prior students have undertaken a range of feasible independent projects including narrative literature reviews of specific HIT related to safety, proposed evaluation methods for an HIT in their workplace and applied informatics models or frameworks to safety relevant problems in their workplace. Project goals will be mutually agreed upon with the course director.

ABPM Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Credit

Maximum LLSA/MOC-II credits: 56

The American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) has approved this activity for a maximum of 56 LLSA credits towards ABPM/MOC Part II requirements. 

A diplomate claiming MOC-II credit will do so via the activity evaluation in the AMIA virtual education site, available at the conclusion of the course. 

Deadline for claiming MOC-II credits is December 13, 2019.
AMIA will track attendee MOC-II credits claimed through our system and report them to the ABPM by December 20, 2019. Clinical informatics diplomates must claim their MOC-II credit through AMIA in order to correctly track accrual of their MOC-II credits. 

This LLSA/MOC-II activity is not available for MOC-II credit to clinical informaticians board-certified through the American Board of Pathology. 

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 Karen Dunn Lopez No    
Faculty Ashley Hughes No    
Faculty Eric S. Swirsky No    


Contact Information

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