Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, students will explore the functions of health information and its underpinning technologies in the contexts of system and organisational governance for patient and client safety. The purpose of the subject is to develop students' understandings of the multi-level management and applications of health information for quality of care and service infrastructure: individual patient information as evidence of care provided; aggregated data measuring and describing the structure, processes and outcomes of care; documentation supporting and reporting on diagnostic and therapeutic decisions and procedures; and coded data for review and monitoring of patient safety. There are case-based foci on health information and technology governance; the impacts of organisational, clinical and managerial information-related actions, systems and security on clinical risk and quality management; and healthcare accreditation information and system requirements.

FacultyFaculty of Health Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorKerin Robinson

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must pass HIM2HMA and HIM3HMB or must be enrolled in HMHIM - Master of Health Information Management.


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjects HIM4HMC

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsEnhancing patient care: a practical guide to improving quality and safety in hospitalsPrescribedWolff, A and Taylor, S 2009MJA BOOKS, STRAWBERRY HILLS, AUSTRALIA, NEW SOUTH WALES
ReadingsHealth information: management of a strategic resourcePrescribedAbdelhak, M Grostick, S Hanken, M A and Jacobs, E 2012SAUNDERS ELSEVIER, USA, ST.LOUIS, MISSOURI
ReadingsReading list of health information management-related articles from academic and professional journals (advised to students via LMS and in subject documents)PrescribedN/AN/A

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorKerin Robinson

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

WorkShop Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%
one 1,750-word individual written assignment20
one 2-hour written final examination50
three 20-minute team presentations30