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Department for Health, Unit Catalogue 2011/12

HL50001: Health informatics - an overview

Click here for further information Credits: 6
Click here for further information Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Click here for further information Period: Modular (no specific semester)
Click here for further information Assessment: CW 100%
Click here for further information Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Click here for further information Requisites:
Click here for further information Description: Aims & Learning Objectives:

* Introduce the history and development of informatics as a specialty and its role and adoption in healthcare
* Distinguish between data, information and knowledge and to promote an understanding of their hierarchical interrelationship
* Set the scene for an electronic patient record that draws on all areas of healthcare informatics.
On completion of this unit students will be able to:
* Appraise the influences of history and policy on the current position of informatics as a specialty within healthcare
* Describe the data-knowledge hierarchy and explain its relevance to healthcare issues
* Analyse the concept of the electronic patient record as a linking structure between all areas of informatics.

This unit will introduce the student to the concept and history of informatics and explore its place in society and healthcare. This will include the following topics:
* What is health informatics
* The national and global context for healthcare informatics
* The hierarchy of data, information, knowledge and its significance in healthcare
* The development of the EPR and its relationship to all other aspects of healthcare informatics.
Click here for further informationProgramme availability:

HL50001 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department for Health
  • THHL-ADM13 : MSc Healthcare Informatics (Distance Learning)
  • THHL-ADL11 : PG Dip Healthcare Informatics (Distance Learning)

NB. Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.