SENG 41583


Status : Elective Pre-requisite : SENG 22582, SENG 22632 Co-requisite : None


On completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Explain the structure of a medical record and related documents
  • Identify organization of health institutions, inter-organisational aspects and shared care
  • Apply software engineering practices to the health domain
  • Identify characteristics, functionalities and architectures of information systems in health care
  • Design and develop efficient, user friendly, interoperable and secure Health Information Systems
  • Use medical coding and terminologies, medical data exchange standards appropriately
  • Appraise ethical and security issues, policy and regulatory frameworks in health information systems design and interoperability.

Introduction to health care organization, Enterprise information architecture in medicine; Organization of health records and Clinical record keeping standards; Fundamentals of medical coding and terminology -UMLS, SNOMED-CT, ICD 10, Archetype; Clinical care pathway, Patientclinician relationship and Shared Care Business Process analysis and simulation -Clinical process modelling, Health information systems (HIS)-Characteristics, strengths and limitations; HIS architecture; Patient and service provider identification.

HIS classifications and applications; Health information systems design and development and testing.

Open Source software for health; HIS interoperability; Data exchange and messaging standards -HL7, SDMX.HD, XML/MML, CAP, EDXL; Health information architecture and frameworks; Ethics and information security in designing and developing HIS; Consent and patient safety, Privacy and HIPAA regulations, Confidentiality and impact of a breach.

Lectures, case discussions, industry/field visits.

End of course unit examination, case study presentations and group assignments.

  1. Shortliffe, E H and Cimino, J J (2006). Biomedical Informatics, Computer Applications in Health Care and Medicine. Springer
  2. O'Caroll, P W et al. (2003).Public Health Informatics and Information Systems. Springer
  3. Benson, T (2009) Principles of Health Interoperability HL7 and SNOMED. Springer
  4. Ball, M J and Weaver, C (2010). Healthcare Information Management Systems: Cases, Strategies and Solutions. Springer.