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Semester 1 - Online
July - Online
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Healthcare is information intensive. Health data are generated, shared, consumed, and stored in a variety of partially overlapping complex networks. Healthcare lags behind many other sectors, despite efforts to use digital technologies to shape and improve health data and information processes since the middle of the 20th Century. The need for digital transformation of health is driven by socio-economic concerns (making healthcare more accessible and affordable) and patient safety (reducing medical errors, and redundant and ineffective interventions).
This subject introduces the background, current state, and future opportunities of digital health. It provides a basic understanding of health and disease and how individuals experience both. It explores the nature of biomedical data, information, and knowledge - and how digital technologies are shaping the way these are used. Digital health technologies are examined from ethical, historical, technological, and psycho-social perspectives, considering positive and negative impacts.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject the student is expected to:
- Explain complex aspects of the structure of healthcare, including the roles of patients, various professionals, insurance companies and governments
- Describe implications of the generation and use of biomedical data, information, and knowledge within a variety of relevant systems and settings
- Demonstrate understanding of how core digital health technologies work, through practical activities with simulations of tools such as electronic health records, clinical decision support systems, patient portals, and mobile apps and wearable sensors
- Critically analyse how various digital technologies can optimise information use within healthcare and summarise the potential risks associated with these solutions
- Apply ethical frameworks and conceptual models to critique contemporary digital health practices and trends
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
Last updated: 4 September 2021