ICT competence for the healthcare professions
2012-2013 - VIU8261 - 15 ECTS

Expected learning outcomes

The aim of the course is to enhance ICT and electronic health documentation competence for health and social care workers, as well as to stimulate positive critical attitudes and problem solving skills within the field. Emphasis will be put on providing the participants with basic knowledge which may lay foundation for the acquisition of further learning. After examination the student shall

- developed their view on possibilities and limitations of ICT systems

- be able to assess the benefit and cost effectiveness of such systems

- be able to find and benefit from ”best evidence” within the field through electronic search and critical evaluation

- be able to evaluate the quality of the information system and the digital workflow , from data quality and acquisition (documentation), information flow, archiving, retrieving, and design (human-computer interface)

- gain better ordering competence

- gain knowledge to participate in research and development within the field, including proper choise of methods, and discussion and presentation of results

- have nessessary competence for further education within ICT and electronic health documentation


- a short owerview of ICT in health care
- challenges in ICT in the health care services and the role of the public healthcare domain
- National plans and actions, ”Samspill 2007”, etc.
- health informatics
- documentation requirements
- health classification systems
- ICT-systems
- basic hospital administrative systems
- patient administrative systems (EPJ, PACS, etc.)
- documentation systems
- ICT in the primary health services
- archiving systems
- system integration
- planning and introduction of ICT-systems
- basic computer science
- data communication, data networks
- telecommunication, telephony
- hand held systems, PDA
- storage media, file formats
- standards for medical information exchange (HL7, XML, DICOM, ..)
- electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) for electronic communication
- desision support systems
- challenges with ”Information overflow”
- expert systems
- computer assisted recognition / diagnostics, speech recognition
- information architecture
- information ergonomics, human-computer interface (HCI)
- data structuring, databases
- information search
- internet publishing
- Tele medicine
- digital sound, images, and video
- simulation and virtual reality
- electronic workflow
- electronic message exchange
- IHE, Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise
- communication between 1. and 2. line healthcare
- Information security
- risk estimation
-privacy, law
- ethics
- ICT and organisation
- how ICT facilitates organisation development
- ICT, management and administration

Teaching Methods

Group works

Form(s) of Assessment

Home exam, see textarea

Grading Scale

Alphabetical Scale, A(best) – F (fail)