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Principles of Health Informatics (SWM533)

Organisational Unit Global Studies
Credit Points 3
Description Health Informatics is an ever changing scientific discipline concerned with the management of healthcare data, information and knowledge. This field deals with resources, devices and formalised methods for optimizing the storage, retrieval and management of biomedical information for problem solving and decision-making. This Unit provides foundational knowledge to examine a range of information systems currently applied in delivering health care with the view to improve medical quality, patient safety, educational resources and patient - physician communication.
Unit Learning Outcomes By the end of the course the students will be able to:
- Content:
1. Describe the differences between data-centric and information-centric technology
2. Identify the need for and benefits of health information exchange and interoperability
3. Describe the concept of health information organizations and how they integrate with the national strategy
4. Understand basic architectures that are commonly part of Health Information Systems
5. Recognize the interrelationship between clinical practice guidelines, evidence based medicine, and electronic health records
6. Understand the Human Genome Project and its important implications for health care
1. Critically evaluate the various patient-centric systems including those that integrate with electronic health records
2. Evaluate why patient safety is a national concern and how information technology can potentially improve or worsen patient safety
3. Examine the application of bioinformatics in genetic profiling of individuals and large populations
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures/seminars/workshops: 3 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences The principal method of learning is through discussion, analysis, case study based learning approach and hands-on training, Teaching approaches are oriented towards adult learning principles. The quality of the learning experience expected to be gained by each participant is dependent not only on the design of the unit and conduct of lecture sessions, but also on the contributions to class discussions and individual participants' commitment to the discovery of knowledge manifest especially through preparation for, and participation in, classroom activities. Thus, the overall workload for the Unit should be in the vicinity of 10 hours per week.
Other Learning Experiences Indicative student workload:
* Timetabled activities: 3 hours/week
* Readings/Self-directed study: 4 hours/week
* Assessment: 3 hours/per week
Assessment For this Unit three assessments are required:
* Short essay on Health Informatics systems for a selected disease 45%
* Presentation 30%
* Article critique 25%

Prof. Matt Bellgard and Dr. Barrero are available to provide guidance and feedback on appointment basis or before/after class.
Prerequisites Enrolment in a graduate-level course.
Previously 2016: SWM639
2016: 'Health Informatics'
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Graduate Certificate in Health Administration, Policy and Leadership (GCHAPL) [New in 2015]
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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