Health Tech, Data, and Systems

2015 Fall CS5555 Cornell Tech

Fall Semester 2015 is here! Here's what you need to know.

Course Description

The course provides a survey of the computing systems, technologies, and data sets used throughout the healthcare system--spanning provider, patient, payer, and pharma. The purpose is to provide MEng and MS students with an understanding of the functional requirements and constraints placed on these digital systems and to provide a basis for future innovation.

This is the core course for Cornell Tech's MS in IS Health Tech Hub and for all other Cornell Tech students interested in Health Tech. All Cornell Tech masters students are welcome to enroll. There are no pre-requisites for the 1 unit version of the class. In order to take the 3 unit class students should be enrolled as MS or MEng students and we assume moderate programming and data analysis skills at the level of 2110 or 4110.

Course Number: 17970


CS 2110 or permission of instructor.

Room & Time

Mondays 2:30-4:25 (Grizzly) and Wednesdays 5:30-6:30 (Big Red), from 8/31/15 to 12/7/15.
Cornell Tech Campus, 3rd Floor.
-Makeup Session 6-8pm on Tuesday 9/8 (instead of Mon. 9/7).
-Makeup Session 6:30-8:30pm on Tuesday 9/15 (instead of Mon. 9/14).
-Wednesday 9/30 will be held in Touchdown.

Text Books

Hacking Healthcare: A Guide to Standards, Workflows, and Meaningful Use, by Trotter & Uhlman (2011).

Contemporary Health Informatics, by Braunstein (2014).
Biomedical Informatics, by Shortliffe (2013).
Health Informatics, by Hoyt (2014).

Student Responsibilities and Grading

    Graded Labs: 60%
    • Students will conduct four “labs” in rotating pairs -- These will be technical tasks involving implementation, data analysis and are for MS and MEng students only.
    • Lab writeups must include references to assigned readings in labs (or approved substitutes).

    Case Studies and Panel Prep: 30%
    • Case studies: Each student will prepare and present a case study on a company in the healthcare tech space, with a short presentation for a specified topic that corresponds with a lecture topic. Include background reading to case study.
    • Panel Prep Questions: 2 students per session sign up to do background reading and prepare questions and lead the Q&A. All students encouraged to participate in Q&A--include references used in developing questions--google doc with questions and references. See Google spreadsheet for signing up for 3 possible sessions and we will assign 1 or 2 per student.

    Participation: 10%
    • All students are expected to attend class sessions and to participate in class discussions. Please discuss any planned absences in advance of class sessions with the course instructors.