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Postgraduate Course: Health Informatics: Foundation, Emerging Trends and Influencing Factors (GLHE11053)

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 2500 word essay by the end of the course.
Course description This course explores the origins, key components and current state of Health Informatics. It also introduces the building blocks of Health Informatics at theoretical and applied levels. The course takes a systems approach to and critical analysis of the complex adaptive systems needed for effective healthcare delivery.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. 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.
KeywordsHealth Informatics,eHealth,health care systems
Course organiserDr Claudia Pagliari
Tel: (0131 6)50 9464
Course secretaryMs Gayle Fitzpatrick
Tel: (0131 6)50 2679
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