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Undergraduate Course: eHealth and Digital Nursing (NUST10047)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course will give students the opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills with which to examine core concepts, theories and policies concerning eHealth. It will offer an insight to current trends and future developments of digital nursing, whilst highlighting the benefits as well as the risks to users, healthcare providers and society as a whole.

The term eHealth is an umbrella term encompassing Telehealth (provision of healthcare at a distance) and Health Informatics (the study, use and effective management of data and information to advance clinical practice). Digital Health, a more recent and popular term, relates to the evolution of advances in informatics and technology in all aspects of healthcare. The application of these developments in nursing practice and the patient experience is referred here as Digital Nursing.
Course description eHealth is said to have a pivotal role in enabling high quality integrated healthcare services, which are delivered efficiently and effectively to people of all ages across the globe. However, whilst a technological driven agenda is being propelled by a significant political 'push', there are concerns that healthcare professionals, and specifically nursing staff, are ill equipped to join the digital revolution and maximise its potential.

This course will challenge students to understand the core concepts and theories that underpin the academic study of healthcare informatics. It will offer an insight to current practice and explore planned eHealth developments in Scotland and elsewhere. Students will be asked to reflect on the speed and nature of new healthcare technologies that will have a significant impact on clinical settings.

Experimenting with using digital media to create shared learning, students will be able to critically examine some of the challenges and risks to both professionals and healthcare service users. The role of the future nurse as an information prescriber and the tools to critique digital data and information will be the focus of the final assessed segment of this course.

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. Demonstrate a critical understanding of a range of theories and concepts that underpin the specialist field of health informatics.
  2. Critically appraise national policy drivers that influence delivery of technology enabled healthcare services.
  3. Demonstrate a critical understanding of current research concerning Telehealthcare.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to evaluate the skills needed by healthcare professionals to pursue efficient and effective management of healthcare data, information and knowledge.
  5. Critically appraise the implications to professional practice from supporting future ePatients.
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Graduate Attributes and Skills To be able to critically review ideas and concepts.
To be able to convey complex information in an accessible way.
To be able to use a range of IT applications to obtain and present data.
To be able to exercise autonomy and initiative.
To be able work with others to develop thinking.
To be able to use a range of approaches to formulate and critically evaluate evidence-based solutions to a range of issues.
KeywordseHealth,Telehealthcare,Digital Nursing,Health informatics
Course organiserMr Sharon Levy
Tel: (0131 6)50 9236
Course secretaryMiss Morven Sutherland
Tel: (0131 6)51 3972
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