Postgraduate Course: Telemedicine and Telehealth (GLHE11005)
|School||Deanery of Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences
||College||College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
|Course type||Online Distance Learning
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||The 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.
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)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
||Block 5 (sem 2)
|Course Start Date
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
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
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Collated forum postings: 30%
||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
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Provide a historical overview of the main applications of telemedicine and telehealth and the key policy drivers for telehealth in the 21st century
- Discuss the often complex legal, regulatory, accountability and reimbursement issues surrounding telehealth
- Recognise the value of critically examining user contexts for effective telehealth design, and how this can be achieved.
- Identify and address a range of sociotechnical factors that influence the success or failure of implementation projects
- Apply principles and methods of evaluation to telehealth projects.
Selection of open access books in telemedicine and telehealth available via INTECH Open http://www.intechopen.com/subjects/telemedicine
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 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2013.03.007
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. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3381047/
McKinstry, Pagliari et al (2013) Telemonitoring based service redesign for the management of uncontrolled hypertension: multicentre randomised controlled trial BMJ 346. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3663293/
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
|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.
||Delivered via online distance learning
||No study abroad arrangements
|Course organiser||Dr Claudia Pagliari
Tel: (0131 6)50 9464
|Course secretary||Ms Gayle Fitzpatrick
Tel: (0131 6)50 2679