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eHealth & Biomedical Informatics Systems (ISYS90069)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeISYS90069
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date


ICT is an important component to ensuring quality, safety, access and efficiency in healthcare. This subject introduces current approaches and future directions in eHealth and the use of ICT in healthcare generally as well as key concepts and tools from the underlying discipline of health informatics.


Topics include electronic health records (EHRs); hospital and primary care and public health information systems; supporting clinical decision-making for health professionals through ICT; eHealth in the community for preventive healthcare and for patient and carer support; regulatory influences on eHealth including management and governance, privacy, security, and confidentiality; the role of data standards, vocabularies, and nomenclatures in eHealth; research and development in eHealth.

Intended learning outcomes


On completion of this subject the student is expected to:

  1. Critically analyse approaches to eHealth in contemporary healthcare in Australia and internationally
  2. Use established evaluation frameworks to review the use of new and emerging applications of ICT in healthcare
  3. Demonstrate understanding of complex legal, ethical and standardisation problems and solutions in managing health data
  4. Apply recognised health informatics competency frameworks and career matrices to assess individual and organisational development needs

Generic skills

On completion of this subject, students should have developed the following generic skills:

  • Clear thinking
  • Improved reading
  • Enhanced ability to work in a team of people, and
  • Presentation skills

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
HLTH90006 Basics of Digital Health for Clinicians
Semester 1
Semester 2

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


Additional details

  • Open book test of informatics foundation knowledge 1000 words. Done in class time in week 12, requiring approximately 39 - 45 hours of work (30%)
  • Critical appraisal of assigned readings 1000 words. 3 pieces of 300-400 words each due in week 3, 6 and 9, requiring approximately 39 - 45 hours of work (30%)
  • Project report. 5 minute class presentation. 2000 words. Class presentation due in week 10 or 11 as assigned. Final report due two weeks after the last class, requiring approximately 52 - 56 hours of work (40%)

Hurdle Requirement: to pass the subject, students must obtain:

  • at least 50% of the marks available in the open book test and
  • at least 50% of the marks available in the critical appraisal of assigned readings and
  • at least 50% of the marks available in the project report

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    Principal coordinatorKathleen Gray
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours36 hours, 3 hours per week.
    Total time commitment200 hours
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date15 March 2019
    Census date31 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends28 June 2019

    Semester 1 contact information

    Dr Kathleen Gray

    email: kgray@unimelb.edu.au

Time commitment details

200 hours

Further information

Last updated: 22 August 2019