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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 AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThe course will be divided into 5 sessions, each lasting a week. Most sessions will contain written materials and presentations, accompanied by guided reading in the form of links to journal articles with problem-based learning questions.
Discussion of the content and reading materials will be posted to an online forum, along with students┐ answers to the PBL questions.
Students will be expected to produce a 2000 word essay by the end of the course.
Course description Describes 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.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Block 5 (sem 2)
Course Start Date 30/04/2018
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 5, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 1, Online Activities 35, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 5, Formative Assessment Hours 5, Revision Session Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 46 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Collated forum postings: 30%
Essay: 70%
Feedback Formative feedback will be given throughout the course through the discussion boards. Summative assessment feedback is also provided via LEARN at the end of the course.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Provide a historical overview of the main applications of telemedicine and telehealth and the key policy drivers for telehealth in the 21st century
  2. Discuss the often complex legal, regulatory, accountability and reimbursement issues surrounding telehealth
  3. Recognise the value of critically examining user contexts for effective telehealth design, and how this can be achieved.
  4. Identify and address a range of sociotechnical factors that influence the success or failure of implementation projects
  5. 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 Is aware of the full range of telehealth applications
Demonstrates awareness and correct interpretation of the key academic research and discussion papers
Is able to comment insightfully on the challenges to achieving effective telehealth design and implementation.

Special Arrangements Delivered via online distance learning
Study Abroad No study abroad arrangements
KeywordsTelehealth,telehealthcare,telemedicine,remote care
Course organiserDr Claudia Pagliari
Tel: (0131 6)50 9464
Course secretaryMs Jane Dumayne
Tel: (0131 6)50 2679
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