Introduction to Health Informatics


Unit code: COMP60542
Credit Rating: 15
Unit level: Level 6
Teaching period(s): Semester 2
Offered by School of Computer Science
Available as a free choice unit?: Y

Requisites

Prerequisite

Aims

Part 1: Coding

  • Introduce students to basic concepts in coding systems used in health care
  • Examine the history of coding schemes in medicine
  • Explore some of the current coding schemes in detail (Read codes) and discuss future developments (Snomed)
  • Examine some of the issues and problems around the use and maintenance of coding schemes
  • Discuss the development and deployment of electronic patient records (EPRs)
  • Explore issues of data governance and patient confidentiality around electronic patient records.

Part 2: Sharing

  • Introduce students to basic concepts in of interoperability in health care
  • Introduce basic messaging concepts, including an overview of HL7
  • Introduce issues and problems around data interoperabilty
  • Examine strategies for data integration

Part3: EPRs in practice

  • Introduce students to basic concepts in of organisational and human factors in e-health
  • Explore issues of EPRs in practice
  • Introduce basic concepts around qualitative research methodologies
  • Introduce basic concepts around useability in healthcare
  • Introduce concepts around organisational change in the health service

Overview

Central to any efforts to build an efficient health care system, or in supporting evidence-based medicine, is the need to capture information around patient diagnosis and medical treatment. At the core of this activity is the development of electronic patient records.

Good quality electronic patient records require us to have systematic and unambiguous tools for recording the health state of a patient, and the treatments they receive. This unit provides a basic introduction to the development and use of electronic patient records, their long history, and the challenges still to be overcome.

Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes are detailed on the COMP60542 course unit syllabus page on the School of Computer Science's website for current students.

Employability skills

  • Group/team working
  • Innovation/creativity
  • Project management
  • Oral communication
  • Problem solving
  • Research
  • Written communication

Assessment methods

  • Written assignment (inc essay) - 100%

Recommended reading

COMP60542 reading list can be found on the School of Computer Science website for current students.

Feedback methods

Students work in groups exploring health informatics issues around a particular disease pathway. During each day of the course groups will report back on two occasions on the work they have done - and on which they will receive formative feedback from the course tutors. The main assessment is an individual report based on this work. Students will be given detailed feedback on a report plan before the final report is written.

Study hours

  • Lectures - 10 hours
  • Independent study hours - 140 hours

Teaching staff

Andrew Brass - Unit coordinator

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