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Postgraduate Course: Telemedicine and Telehealth (GLHE11005)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryDescribes and analyses the role of information and communications technologies in enabling remote patient care, health professional collaboration at a distance, and in supporting patient-self management. This is considered with reference to technological, clinical, sociological and policy perspectives. Non-communicable diseases and global health challenges are core themes
Course description 1) Introduction to Telemedicine and Telehealth
2) Practical Examples/Case Studies
3) Telehealth in the Home
4) Smart housing and communities
5) Telemedicine for health professionals
6) Telehealth in the Developing World
7) Human and sociotechnical factors
8) Ethical and legal challenges
9) Evaluation of telemedicine systems
10) Future Trends in Telemedicine
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Block 2 (Sem 1)
Course Start Date 26/10/2015
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 98 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Collated forum postings: 30%
Essay: 70%
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Be aware of the main applications of telemedicine and telehealth and how these have evolved over time
  2. Appreciate the key policy drivers for telehealth in the 21st century, such as the żactive and healthy agingż agenda for Europe, and the challenges of supporting distributed populations in lower income settings
  3. Be able to describe and explain a range of use cases, such as remote monitoring of non-communicable diseases, home based and mobile self-management tools, hospital-at-home and remote diagnostics.
  4. Understand the often complex legal, regulatory, accountability and reimbursement issues surrounding telehealth and recognise the value of understanding users and contexts for effective telehealth design, and how to achieve this
  5. Be able to identify and address a range of sociotechnical factors that influence the success or failure of implementation projects and understand and be able to apply principles and methods of evaluation to telehealth projects
Reading List
Selection of open access books in telemedicine and telehealth available via INTECH Open

Systematic reviews:
McLean, Pagliari et al (2013) The Impact of Telehealthcare on the Quality and Safety of Care: A Systematic Overview. PLoS One. 2013; 8(8): e71238. 10.1371/journal.pone.0071238

Reeder, Demeris et al (2013) Framing the evidence for health smart homes and home-based consumer health technologies as a public health intervention for independent aging: A systematic review. IJMI 82, 565-579

Academic reviews:
Wootton & Bonnardot (2010) In what circumstances is telemedicine appropriate in the developing world? JRSM Short Rep. 2010 October; 1(5): 37. 10.1258/shorts.2010.010045

Greenhalgh T, Procter R, Wherton J, et al. The organising vision for telehealth and telecare: discourse analysis. BMJopen 2012;2. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2012-001574

Health Services Research:
Steventon et al. (2012) Effect of telehealth on use of secondary care and mortality: findings from the Whole System Demonstrator cluster randomised trial. BMJ 344.

McKinstry, Pagliari et al (2013) Telemonitoring based service redesign for the management of uncontrolled hypertension: multicentre randomised controlled trial BMJ 346.

Fairbrother P, Ure J, Hanley J, et al. Telemonitoring for chronic heart failure: the views of patients and healthcare professionals - a qualitative study. Journal of clinical nursing Published Online First: 4 March 2013. doi:10.1111/jocn.12137
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Ability to understand critical inquiry and critical analysis.
An appreciation of evidence based practice and the need to embed theory into practice
Skills to undertake independent, conceptual and creative thinking and reflection
Ability to identify problems, and obstacles, to interpret knowledge and evidence and to apply a scientific methodological approach in responding to issues
The valuing of sensitive, supportive and respectful communication and discussion
An ability to use IT programmes for national and international exchange of knowledge, ideas and learning, and for receiving and establishing records and reporting and participating in team communication
A diverse set of transferable and generic skills
Ability to work across different disciplines and communicate ideas and concepts across disciplinary barriers
An interest in and an appreciation of the value of reflective practice that improves engagement with materials and enables the student to understand how their role and presence shapes health interactions
Study Abroad no study abroad arrangements
KeywordsTelehealth, telehealthcare, telemedicine, remote care
Course organiserDr Sarah Cunningham-Burley
Tel: (0131 6)51 1943
Course secretaryMs Gayle Fitzpatrick
Tel: (0131 6)50 9236
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