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This course examines how Information Technology meets the information needs of health provider organisations, practitioners, and consumers and how IT can play a significant and positive role in the provision of healthcare services.
The rapid expansion of information technology, combined with an escalating demand for health services and changing patterns of health care delivery, have had a major impact on the health sector. The transition from “Industrial Age Medicine” to “Information Age Health Care” (British Medical Journal - 1997, 314, 1495) has created unprecedented pressure for new ways to provide, present, manage and monitor health information, with information technology central to these processes. Worldwide, there is now huge investment in such technology, which in one way or another is used by most health practitioners on a daily basis. Advanced training in health information management is increasingly being sought by health sector administrators and managers, technical and support staff, and clinicians whose effective performance of their role is increasingly reliant on up-to-date and well-managed information.
By the end of the HLTH402 course students will be expected to demonstrate an understanding of: demonstrate and distinguish between the contributions of information, information management and technology within the New Zealand health system describe the major themes for the health information strategy for New Zealand explore the difference between health data, information and knowledge apply, describe and appreciate health classification schema/clinical coding systems describe the scope and purpose of paper-based and electronic health records describe the methodologies that can be used to design and develop health information and clinical decision support systems and describe health information with respect to: standards, privacy, confidentiality, security and legal issues.
Subject to approval of the Head of School
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Wednesday 4-6Thursday 4-6
Most readings are available electronically through the Learn site. Some material will be distributed in class.
Grading ScaleGrade GPA Value MarksA+ 9 90 – 100A 8 85 – 89.99A- 7 80 – 84.99B+ 6 75 – 79.99B 5 70 – 74.99B- 4 65 – 69.99 C+ 3 60 – 64.99C 2 55 – 59.99C- 1 50 – 54.99D 0 40 – 49.99E -1 0 – 39.99A Pass is 50 marks or over
Late submission of work, without an approved extension will incur a 5% penalty for that assignment.
Students are expected to actively engage with the materials available on the LEARN site. Assignments must be in Times New Roman 12 point 1.5 space format. Students are expected to engage in the participatory activities of the course, both web and class-based.
Extensions are rarely granted, and only in extreme circumstances.
Assignments may not be resubmitted.
Domestic fee $2,108.00
International Postgraduate fees
* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.
For further information see
School of Health Sciences.