Write an outline of a work plan for a formal report. Develop the five elements of a work plan for this topic: Develop a plan for how you (student) will research and seek a career position/job in health informatics using your Master’s degree. You can also use the readings to find a specific health informatics position in order to narrow down your focus. If you are already in the health informatics field, you may want to develop a plan to seek a promotion or career advancement in the health informatics field or your current company.
Develop each section of the outline and focus on your goals. Be specific. A plan example is provided on p. 401 of the textbook.
Include the following five elements of the work plan (Guffey, p. 401):
Statement of Problem (Guffey, p. 398)
Statement of Purpose-including scope, limitations, significance (Guffey, p. 398)
Research Strategy to find a job- include research methods and sources (which resources, data sources, method of collecting data you will use to find a job, Guffey Ch. 11).
Outline 3-5 topic areas of your job search action plan (Topic examples: career goals, job descriptions, salary, resources, skills inventory, employers, application strategy, networking, etc.)
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At the conclusion of this learning module/unit, the student will be able to complete the following:
Examine the difference between informational and analytical reports.
Distinguish informal versus formal writing styles and their appropriate use in context.
Apply the 3×3 writing process to create a work plan outline.
Health informaticians are responsible for developing or contributing to reports including dashboards,
trend reports, data analyses, clinical quality reports, medical error reports, etc. These reports are used
to justify new budget expenditures, Medicare incentive payments, disease tracking, population health
trends, drug utilization, drug events, vaccine registries, tumor registries, radiology utilization and more.
Here are some examples:
HI Report Examples (dashboard, surveillance, consultant):
Percha, B. & Alltman, R. (2013). Informatics confronts drug-drug interactions. Trends in Pharmacological
Sciences 34(3), 178-184. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tips.2013.01.006
Barnum, T. J., Vaez, K., Cesarone, D. & Yingling, C. (2019). Your data looks good on a
dashboard. Online Journal of Nursing Informatics 23(3). https://www.himss.org/resources/your-datalooks-good-dashboard
Hummel, J. & Evans, P. (2016). Producing accurate clinical quality reports for population health: A
delivery system-oriented approach to report validation. Qualis Health
Hoseinpour Dehkordi, A., Alizadeh, M., Derakhshan, P., Babazadeh, P., & Jahandideh, A. (2020).
Understanding epidemic data and statistics: A case study of COVID‐19. Journal of Medical
Virology, 92(7), 868–882. https://doi.org/10.1002/jmv.25885
Heisey-Grove, D. , Church, D., Haney, G., & DeMaria, A. (2011). Enhancing surveillance for Hepatitis C
through public health informatics. Public Health Reports 126(1), 13-18.
Work Plans and Reports
Writing a work plan is step three of the 3×3 writing process after identifying the purpose and audience.
The purpose and audience dictate the type of report (informational or analytical), the style (informal or
formal) and the approach (direct or indirect), (Guffey, 2018, Chapter 11).
An effective work plan:
Provides the overall vision of your plan
Prompts you to evaluate your research
Helps you set priorities, dates, deadlines
Provides a guideline for key topics and issues (Guffey, 2018)
To facilitate your writing effort invest time to develop a plan (outline) as a guide. Guffey
recommends you review the work plan outline with the requestor of the report before completing the
full report (2018).
This unit’s objective is to develop a work plan outline.
Outlines provide an overall view of your proposed report and can be used for multiple types of
documents and deliverables, such as strategic plans, slide presentations, project plans, performance
evaluations, policies and more.
Effective outlines organize thoughts and group ideas by hierarchy and subject matter. Outline
formats vary depending on their focus, see page 164 of Guffey textbook for creating an outline.
Guffey and Loewy, 2018, page 164.
There are multiple resources on the web that provide additional guidance on the art of writing outlines.
The unit objectives focus on writing a work plan outline to seek a job/position as a health
informatician. This provides students with the opportunity to develop an applicable plan to find a
position in health informatics or obtain a promotion within the discipline instead of using a
fictional case outline from the textbook.
I hope students continue to use the plan and update it. There are 40+ students in the course and there
will be over 40+ different plans created. A group authored outline/plan for the same assignment would
yield additional nuances based on the group’s background, perspectives, dynamics, expertise and
The course challenges you to plan and practice writing various types of documents, reports, etc., so you
are prepared to author a report or document.
Most often your supervisor will not provide a template or example as a guide. He or she will rely on your
The quality of your work sets the tone for your reliability, credibility and professionalism.
Guffey M. E. & Loewy D. (2018) Business communication process & product. 9th Edition. Cengage
The readings and resources provided are a starting point. Additional research is
suggested. The web is rich with information on this topic.
Health Informatics Career Descriptions, Services and Requirements
1. AHIMA Career Map (2021) Career Map. Retrieved from https://my.ahima.org/careermap
Refer to the Informatics section of this career map.
Note: the outer two ring sections of the career map require a master’s
Click on each job title within the Informatics section to find the job
description, training and education, skills, work experience and other
2. HIMSS- Health Information and Technology Job Descriptions (2021).
3. AMIA Career Center-https://jobs.amia.org/career-resources/
4. UIC Career Resources- https://careerservices.uic.edu/students/career-exploration/
5. UIC Career planning guides: https://careerservices.uic.edu/wpcontent/uploads/sites/26/2017/09/CPG-2017.pdf
Required Reading for Writing Work Plans and Reports:
Use this text as a resource beyond the required readings listed. The index and appendix are
1. Guffey M. E. & Loewy D. (2018) Business communication process & product. 9th Edition. Cengage
Learning. see page index below
2. Writing an Outline- Chapter 5, p. 164
3. Purdue Owl. There are multiple resources on the web that provide additional guidance on the art of
4. Guffey and Loewy-Chapter 11-Five elements of a workplan, p. 400, see example on page
401 for workplan outline
Report Functions-Informational vs. Analytical Reports p. 390
Analyzing the Problem and Purpose of the Plan, p. 398-399, How to
write your plan’s statement of purpose: p. 398-399
Preparing a Work Plan for a Formal Report-p. 400, Figure 11.6, p. 401=Work Plan
example for a formal report
▪ Conducting Research-see research recommendations p. 402-412
▪ Documentation, citations and references for reports- 412-417
Suggested Informatics Resources:
UIC library Health Informatics https://researchguides.uic.edu/healthinformatics
What is health
Informatics Organization Resources:
AMIA Informatics Areas- https://www.amia.org/applications-informatics/clinical-
HIMSS Informatics Areas- https://www.himss.org/sitesearch?search_api_fulltext=informatician
Supplemental Report Types:
1. Guffey Text
Organizational Strategies-Direct vs. Indirect Report Strategies p. 390-393
Writing Styles-Informal vs. Formal Styles p. 393; Figure 11.4 p. 395; Ch. 13
Informal vs. Formal Reports p. 494. Fig. 13.4=components of informal vs formal
Applying the 3×3 writing process to reports- p. 397-402
Health Informatics Competencies:
Concentrate on the communication aspects for domains in the assignment. Note: Focus on the
appendices of these articles for specific descriptions of competency skills.
1. Valenta, A., Berner, E., Boren, S., Deckard, G., Eldredge, C., Fridsma, D., & Johnson, S.
(2018). AMIA Board White Paper: AMIA 2017 core competencies for applied health
informatics education at the master’s degree level. Journal of the American Medical
Informatics Association 25(12), 1657–
1668. https://doi.org/10.1093/jamia/ocy132 https://doi.org/10.1093/jamia/ocy132
2. Silverman, H. et al. (2019) Domains, tasks, and knowledge for clinical informatics
subspecialty practice: Results of a practice analysis. Journal of the American Medical Informatics
Association 26(7), 586-593. https://doi.org/10.1093/jamia/ocz051
Silverman 2019-05- 14_Supplementary_File_-_CIS_Practice_Analysis_APPENDIX_A.pdf
1. Read the introduction and required readings/resources; additional research is suggested.
2. Review the rubric for the assignment.
3. Write an outline of a work plan for a formal report. Develop the five elements of a work plan for
this topic: Develop a plan for how you (student) will research and seek a career position/job in
health informatics using your Master’s degree. You can also use the readings to find a specific
health informatics position in order to narrow down your focus. If you are already in the health
informatics field, you may want to develop a plan to seek a promotion or career advancement in
the health informatics field or your current company.
Develop each section of the outline and focus on your goals. Be specific. A plan
example is provided on p. 401 of the textbook.
Include the following five elements of the work plan (Guffey, p. 401):
Statement of Problem (Guffey, p. 398)
Statement of Purpose-including scope, limitations, significance (Guffey, p.
0. Research Strategy to find a job- include research methods and sources (which
resources, data sources, method of collecting data you will use to find a job,
Guffey Ch. 11).
1. Outline 3-5 topic areas of your job search action plan (Topic examples: career
goals, job descriptions, salary, resources, skills inventory, employers, application
strategy, networking, etc.) Do not use questions as topic headers listed in the
book example, use category topics and sub-topics with your planned
2. Plan Schedule – including tasks and reasonable timelines or dates
• Include in-text citations and a reference list
• Post to the assignment folder (two attempts to post, the last one is graded). Include your
name, Unit #, and assignment title on the top. Include citations and a reference list as
appropriate. Do not use a phone to submit the assignment.
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