him5ihc principles of hlth info c




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, you will use the principles taught in Principles of Health Informatics A and B to explore technical requirements, skills and processes surrounding the implementation and management of electronic health records (EHRs). Using an enquiry-based learning approach, students will develop an in-depth understanding of design, structural and operational issues related to EHRs such as: EHR structures and architectures, interoperability, privacy and security, person and provider identification, clinical terminologies, clinical decision-support systems, and large data set query and analysis using SQL and business intelligence tools.

SchoolSchool of Psychology & Public Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorDennis Wollersheim

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites HIM4IHA and HIM5IHB


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsGuide to Health InformaticsPrescribedCoiera, E. 20143RD EDITION. ARNOLD, LONDON

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Explain evolution of current policy related to electronic health records and supporting technologies


02. Identify, evaluate and apply EHR standards, architectures and structures in health service implementations.

Tutorials, Exam. These will cover terminologies (SNOMED), structures (OpenEHR archetypes), communications (HL7), and security (public key infrastructure

03. Analyse and evaluate clinical and administrative health data using structure query language (SQL) and data analysis software

SQL assignment, Tutorials, exam

04. Analyse and synthesise large health datasets using contemporary evidence-based frameworks and produce reports

Tutorial, assignment

05. Design and implement intermediate and advanced protocol-based and clinical decision support systems.

Tutorials, exam

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2019, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDennis Wollersheim

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Computer LaboratoryWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours computer laboratory per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
One 1.5-hour written examination (1,500-words equivalent)3001, 02, 03, 04, 05
SQL Database assessment (1,750-words equivalent)3503
Data Analytics assessment (1,750-words equivalent)3501, 02, 04, 05