Medical Information Systems & Information Management

  • European Master in Health Economics and Management
Course unit code
  • IHCM2MAN2402
Level of course unit
  • Master
Semester when the course unit is delivered
  • 2
Number of ECTS credits allocated
  • 5.0
Name of lecturer(s)
  • Mag. Mag. (FH) Ing. Stark Christian
  • Dr. jur. Reimer Sebastian
Learning outcomes of the course unit
  • Major aim of this course is to impart fundamental knowledge about medical information Systems, eHealth and information management from a practical point of view.

    According to this the students will
    get an overview of healthcare in terms of the operational and the organizational structure as a basic knowledge for implementing IT systems and information management
    learn the fundamental principles and practical strategies of health care IT management and how to apply this knowledge in practice and
    strengthen their competence in IT-project management.

    At the end of the course the students should have a comprehensive understanding of the role of information technology related to IT-systems in the healthcare sector. They should be able to
    understand health care processes, associated IT Systems, protocols and the roles of different stakeholder
    outline the role of IT during the different phases of patient treatment processes and the redesign of processes
    structure, to understand and to control IT projects
    aware the critical success factors in large IT project
    explain shared care via extramural communication / eHealth in terms of provider centered view vs. patient centered view
    discuss the need for quality standards and certifications
    describe the health care data and information framework
    distinguish between strategic, tactical and operational information management
    understand the need for, and the structure of a strategic information management plan

    In terms of self leadership the self-leadership part of this course builds on the introductory course of the first semester with the aim to strengthen self leadership competencies.

    At the end of the course the students should be able to:
    be aware of the importance of non verbal communication
    create positive thought patterns
    stay concentrated even under tough conditions
    reflect body and mind control
    apply selected leadership competencies
Mode of delivery
  • face-to-face
Prerequisites and co-requisites
  • none
Course contents
  • 1. Healthcare Understanding
    Healthcare and Patient Treatment Processes
    Historical aspects
    Healthcare providers
    Healthcare processes and information flow
    Redesign of processes
    Hospital structure
    Health care provider vs. enterprise
    Professional categories and functions
    Clinical pathways

    2. Legal aspects and standards
    Data security, privacy
    Quality standards and certifications as competitive advantage and for better comparability

    3. Healthcare information systems
    IT Systems in clinical environment
    Hospital information systems
    Electronic patient record
    Electronic health record
    Workflow control

    4. E-Health:
    supporting shared care via extramural communication
    integrating the health care enterprise / interoperabilität
    semantic aspects (nomenclatures, classifications)
    samples of E-Health projects

    5. Health Care IT-Project Management
    understanding the interaction of project roles, project marketing, project management, risk management
    in- and outsourcing decisions
    project documentation

    6. IT alignment and strategy:
    summary of data / information / knowledge
    survey of strategic information management
    operative / tactical /strategic IT management
    stakeholder / patient within the IT health care sector
    critical success factors
    7. Case study

    In the self-leadership part of the course the students continue working on the following selected self leadership and team player competencies:
    Self discipline
    Self awareness
    Creating positive thought patterns
    (non verbal) Communication/ body language

    Please be aware that this course requires high level of proficiency in English language. All local students have passed an English language test with at least 90 TOEFL points (internet based) or comparable tests.
Recommended or required reading
  • Books
    Abdelhak M, Hanken MA, 2015. Health Information: Management of a Strategic Resource, 5th Edition, ISBN 323263481
    Edward H. Shortliffe, James J. Cimino. 2014. Biomedical Informatics: Computer Applications in Health Care and Biomedicine. New York: Springer. ISBN:978-14471-4473-1
    Ginter P.M., Swayne L.E, Duncan W.J, 2009. Strategic Management of Health Care Organizations. 6th edition. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
    Haux, Winter, Ammenwerth, Birgl, 2010. Strategic Information Management in Hospitals. Springer.

    Self leadership
    Hauser B., (2008). Action Learning im Management Development. In: Neuberger O. (Hrsg.). Schriftenreihe Organisation & Personal, Bd. 16. 2. Aufl. München und Mering: Rainer Hampp Verlag.
    Heyse V., Erpenbeck J. (2009): Kompetenztraining: Informations- und Trainingsprogramme. 2. Aufl. Stuttgart, Schäffer-Poeschel Verlag
    Pilates J. H., Miller W. J., (2007). A Pilates' Primer: The Millennium Edition: Return to Life Through Contrology and Your Health. Presentation Dynamics.
    Saraswati S. S., (2007). Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha. 3. Aufl. Köln: Satyananda Yoga Zentrum e.V. Ananda Verlag.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods
  • • lecturing,
    • discussion,
    • presentation,
    • group work,
    • case study,
Assessment methods and criteria
  • To monitor the students’ learning this course will provide ongoing assignments as a basis for feedback and grading (formative assessment) and/or will evaluate the students learning at the end of the course or an instructional unit via exams, final project reports, essays or seminar papers (summative assessment).
Language of instruction
  • English