HS 425 - Managing Technology in Healthcare Provider Organizations


This course is unique in its application to the management of hospitals, clinics, ambulatory surgery centers, and other provider organizations. Throughout the industry, administrators and managers are expected to play informed roles in

technology and/or capital assets.

The uniqueness of this course is that very few academics have the clinical and/or technological experience to teach it. This material requires familiarity with capital budgeting processes, with a broad range of technologies and manufacturers, with physician training, and with the rapidly changing world of medicine. We are unaware of any similar course taught anywhere in the U.S.

Course Description

This course is designed to provide information and skills for managing technology in provider organizations. Emphasis is placed on department-by-department technologies, manufacturers, group purchasing organizations, analytical tools and methods, the fixed asset file, depreciation of capital assets, and capital budgeting.

Course Objectives

  1. Students will become familiar with the architectural and service components of provider organizations and the technologies that are pertinent to each.
  2. Students will understand the building codes and the clinical/technological and regulatory requirements for each component of a provider organization.
  3. Students will become familiar with the regulatory agencies with which compliance is required for licensure, for life-safety issues, for accreditation and for clinical excellence.
  4. Students will be familiarized with the major manufacturers/suppliers of healthcare technologies and systems.
  5. Students will develop a sense of cost-benefit and will understand analytical tools to quantitatively evaluate capital acquisition alternatives.
  6. Students will come to understand the relationship between technological advances and the rising cost of healthcare.
  7. Students will be taught how to organize a capital budget and to participate meaningfully in the process.
  8. Throughout the various weeks of technology focus, students will be exposed to the clinical (physician) specialties that relate to each technology and the American Board of Medical Specialties. Mastering this information will be expected.
  9. Students will participate in meaningful research and present their work to their peers.

Learning Model Architecture

As with all of your other courses at BYU-Idaho, you will have the opportunity to prepare intellectually and spiritually throughout this course. This course follows the BYU-Idaho Learning Model and will give you several opportunities to teach others in the class and share those learning/teaching moments with others. Please remember that you will need to be able to devote 3-4 hours of time for every course credit, or 9–12 hours weekly.


Students will prepare to learn by studying assigned readings throughout the course. These readings include reports, articles, video clips, and PowerPoint presentations that will contribute to the current lesson content. 

Teach One Another

Throughout the course, students are required to research and report to their peers on at least one (or more, depending upon total enrollment) technology, system or device. These reports are timed to coincide with the discussion of each department or service. Each class member will have the opportunity to lead a class discussion in the course discussion boards. You must complete the presentation, post it in the discussion board and prepare two to three questions and discussion. You will be graded on both the content of your presentation and your professionalism responding to peers. The grading rubric for this assignment is available on each of the assignment pages.

Ponder and Prove

Students will internalize their learning through review, reflection, and application as they study and prepare for quizzes and exams. 

Course Requirements


Teach One Another (TOA) Assignments: Each class member will have the opportunity to lead a class discussion in the course discussion boards. You must complete the presentation, post it in the discussion board by the deadline (typically Wednesday of each week, but refer to the TOA instructions page for complete details), prepare two to three questions, and facilitate the discussion. You will be graded on both the content of your presentation and your professionalism responding to peers. The grading rubric for this assignment is available on each of the assignment pages. Students who are not presenting are expected to participate actively in the discussion boards each week. "Active participation" is defined as posting and/or responding at least three times on each discussion board. Presenters will be required to submit their presentations in the assignment drop boxes during Week 14. Presentations are worth 100 points each. Participation in the discussion board each week is worth 5 points.

Weekly activities include:

Essential Learning

Student should pay close attention to the topics covered in the Essential Learning topics to help them prepare for the exams.  

Grading Policies

Points Total for the Course         

Week 01 Total
Quiz: Introductory Materials 65
Quiz: Course Syllabus 10
Week 02  
TOA: MediTech Hospital Operating System 5
TOA: CPSI (Computer Products and Services, Inc. 5
Quiz: Asset Management and Hospital Operating Systems 60
Week 03  
TOA: Emergency Power and Infant Security Systems 5
Quiz: Emergency Power and Infant Security Systems 65
Week 04  
View: Health Matters-Minimally Invasive Surgery and Natural Orifice Surgery 5
TOA: Minimally Invasive Surgery 5
TOA: Smart OR 5
TOA: OR Lights and Boom Systems 5
TOA: Anesthesia Machine 5
TOA: Laparoscopy 5
Week 05  
TOA: Central Sterile Supply 5
TOA: Heart/Lung Bypass Machine 5
TOA: Jarvik Artificial Organs 5
TOA: de Vinci Surgical Robot 5
TOA: Stryker Medical (Company Profile) 5
Week 06  
TOA: Phacoemulsfication  5
TOA: Surgical C-Arm 5
TOA: GE Healthcare 5
TOA: Siemens Medical 5
TOA: Philips Healthcare 5
TOA: Intraaortic Balloon Pump 5
Quiz: Surgery, Central Sterile Supply, and the O.R... 66
Week 07  
TOA: Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) 5
TOA: Computed Axial Tomography (CT Scan) 5
TOA: Fluoroscopy and the Cardiac Catheterization Lab 5
TOA: Mammography 5
TOA: Stereotactic Needle Biopsy 5
Week 08  
TOA: Ultrasonography 5
TOA: Linear Accelerator 5
TOA: Gamma Knife 5
TOA: Proton Beam Radiotherapy 5
MId-Term Exam 200
Week 09  
TOA: Hill-Rom 5
TOA: Specialty Beds 5
TOA: Final Exam Study Group 5
Week 10  
TOA: Vital Signs Monitoring  5
TOA: Sequential Compression Devices 5
TOA: Peripheral Vascular Lab 5
TOA: Final Exam Study Group 5
Week 11  
TOA: Air Transport (Life Flight) 5
TOA: Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy & Hyperbaric Chambers 5
TOA: Trauma Program Level Designation 5
TOA: Final Exam Study Group 5
Week 12  
View: A Day of Healing Intermountain Healthcare 10
TOA: CLIA, Pathology, and Bloodbanks 5
TOA: Electron Microscope 5
TOA: Pharmacy Robot 5
TOA: Pyxis (Remote Pharmacy Distribution System) 5
TOA: LDRP Suite - Labor, Delivery, Recovery, Post-Partum 5

TOA: Lithotripsy - Biliary & Kidney

Week 13  
Final Exam 200
Student Presentation Drop Box #1 100
Student Presentation Drop Box #2 100
Total Points for Course 1106


Points Grade
1101-1024           A
1023 - 991           A-
990 - 958           B+
957 - 914           B
913 - 881           B-
880 - 848          C+
847 - 804          C
803 - 771          C-

Time Zones and Due Dates

Please note that all assignments are due in Mountain Time. Due dates in I-Learn will display relative to your time zone, if you set your time zone in your personal I-Learn settings.


Late Work

Late Assignments: You will automatically receive a 10 percent reduction from your overall grade for each day that the assignment is late. Please note that this reduction is for each day (up to 4 days), that your assignment is late. If you know of an upcoming absence that will affect your ability to submit an assignment on time, these instances will be evaluated on a case by case basis by the instructor. Emergency situations (to include but not be limited to serious unexpected illness, accidents, other unforeseeable events, etc.) will also be evaluated on a case by case basis by the instructor.  


Online Support Center

The Online Support Center (OSC) is designed to help any students taking online courses at BYU-Idaho. If you have questions about any online course or any feedback concerning online courses, instructors, or your online learning experience please contact the OSC.

OSC Contact Information

Phone: 208-496-1411
Text Messaging: 855-808-7102
Email: onlinelearning@byui.edu
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Website: https://www.byui.edu/online/online-support-center
Hours: Monday–Friday, 7 AM–7 PM, MST

Academic Honesty

The Healthcare Administration Program at BYU-Idaho exists to prepare students for professional careers in our industry. As with all professions, integrity is essential for any individual to succeed. It is especially important for BYU-Idaho students because of our covenant relationship with the Lord.

We hereby formally declare that academic honesty is required in every part of our program. Students are expected to be academically honest in their study habits and, especially, in the taking of quizzes and examinations. With that in mind, we advise you that all examinations and quizzes are to be taken without the aid of any outside materials. We do not permit the use of any electronic devices to access outside materials during an exam. Do not seek answers from online sources during an exam. During a test/exam/quiz, you are to perform strictly from your memory. Do not prepare answers using outside sources and then paste them into your exam.

Please also be advised that, as a program, we are committed to academic integrity in the preparation for and the presentation of teach-one-another activities. If you cite anyone else’s work, please acknowledge that and include it in your declaration of sources.

In the spirit of Elder Henry B. Eyring’s prophecy (in his speech, A Steady Upward Course) about BYU Idaho alumni, we desire to prepare you to fulfill that prophecy. To do that, you will want to epitomize integrity in every part of your life.

What is Plagiarism?

As a university student you are expected to develop your own ideas and distinguish between your own and someone else’s intellectual property. When you copy the words or ideas of anyone else and pass them off as your own, you are engaged in plagiarism, a serious academic and moral offense. Plagiarism is considered to be extremely unethical and is taken very seriously in academics. It also compromises your integrity and is a violation of the BYU-Idaho honor code.

Plagiarism includes copying and pasting text, pictures, or other content from books, websites, or other media into class assignments and passing them off as your own. If an assignment asks you for your own work (i.e. opinion or understanding) and you copy someone else’s material (even just a paragraph, even if you replace some of the words with your own synonyms), without properly giving credit to the original source, you are plagiarizing.

Anyone caught plagiarizing will be penalized (usually with a failing grade). Other consequences can be as severe as being expelled from the university. Take a few minutes to read through the university’s website concerning plagiarism (Academic Honesty Policy) to make sure you do not sabotage any work you do for this course by plagiarizing.

Preventing Sexual Misconduct

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment refers to unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment may include 1) unwelcome sexual advances, 2) requests for sexual favors, and 3) other verbal, non-verbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment may also include denying or limiting, on the basis of sex, the student's ability to participate in or receive benefits, services, or opportunities in university programs. BYU-Idaho's policy against sexual harassment extends not only to employment situations but to academic situations as well.

If you feel you have encountered sexual harassment or gender-based discrimination, or if you need assistance or information related to allegations of sexual harassment, please contact the Title IX Coordinator, Nick Rammell, using the following information:

Phone (US only): 208.496.9200
Email: Nick Rammell at rammelln@byui.edu For more information, visit http://www.byui.edu/titleix

Sex Discrimination

BYU-Idaho prohibits sex discrimination against any participant in its education programs or activities. Prohibited sex discrimination includes incidents of sexual harassment (including sexual violence), dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking (collectively “sexual misconduct”).

As an instructor, one of my responsibilities is to help create a safe learning environment for my students and for the campus as a whole. University policy requires that I report all incidents of sexual misconduct that come to my attention.

If you encounter sexual misconduct, please contact the Title IX Coordinator at:

Phone (US only): 208-496-9209
Email: titleix@byui.edu Additional information about sexual misconduct and available resources can be found at www.byui.edu/titleix