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Postgraduate Course: Health Informatics: core technologies and systems (GLHE11060)

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
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 An introduction to the technical underpinnings of eHealth, namely the architectures and systems used to manage and exchange patient and administrative data within and across healthcare institutions. Covers key concepts such as standards, databases, interoperability, health information exchange, clinical coding and enterprise resource planning, as well as particular types of system, such as electronic health records, picture archiving and communications systems and, laboratory information systems. These are discussed with reference to institution-centred and system-wide approaches, as well as highlighting key issues for lower income settings such as the use of open source software.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesEnglish language level and previous degree study requirements applicable.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Block 2 (Sem 1)
Course Start Date 29/10/2018
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 in response to PBL questions: 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. Be familiar with Discuss a range of health information architectures and infrastructures and identify the main software issues affecting system interoperability
  2. Identify the fundamental principles and methods of electronic Health Information Exchange for patient care.
  3. Describe the key clinical informatics applications in hospital settings (lab reporting, CDSS, CPOE, clinical document exchange, imaging etc.) and how these are connected.
  4. Critically discuss the political, economic and technical challenges to health systems integration.
  5. Examine the different contextual factors affecting the types of information systems that are feasible and the different infrastructure requirements pertinent to different types of setting.
Reading List
Book: As for Introduction to Health Informatics 1
Also: Winter et al. (2011) Health Information systems. Architectures and Strategies. Springer

World Health Organization/Health Metrics Network (2008) Framework and standards for country health information systems. 2nd Edition. WHO: Geneva. Available: Accessed 11 January 2010
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Has the fundamental knowledge to be able to engage in meaningful discussions with information systems specialists in health care organisations about issues in information management and systems.
Is aware of the importance of systematic information management, clinical coding, and interoperability standards for effective care integration as well as system-wide knowledge management.
Is aware of the changing requirements of health information systems as technologies change (e.g. cloud computing) and expectations change (e.g. care integration, patient entitlement to access)
Understands the key issues mitigating the implementation of health information infrastructures in low resource settings and the role of open source.
Special Arrangements Delivered via online distance learning
Keywordshealth informatics,techologies,systems,ehealth
Course organiserDr Claudia Pagliari
Tel: (0131 6)50 9464
Course secretaryMs Gayle Fitzpatrick
Tel: (0131 6)50 2679
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