IT Infrastructure for eHealth

Subject ISYS90076 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours
Total Time Commitment:

200 hours

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Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Assoc Prof Kathleen Gray


Dr Kathleen Gray


Subject Overview:


This subject develops technical capabilities required for sound decision-making about ehealth solutions and applications. It reviews the building blocks of hardware, software and networks. It identifies requirements for interoperability of systems and integration of information; explores emerging platforms for eHealth solutions and applications; and outlines technical management and governance issues.

Indicative Content

Five major topics will be covered in lectures, tutorials and hands-on computer laboratories:

  1. Hardware, Software and Networks for eHealth
  2. Interoperability
  3. Information Integration
  4. New Platforms for eHealth
  5. Governance and Management of eHealth Infrastructure
Learning Outcomes:

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

On completion of this subject the student is expected to:

  1. Work effectively with eHealth infrastructure concepts and components
  2. Identify requirements for interoperability of ehealth systems and data integration
  3. Analyse and synthesise technical knowledge to create enabling environments for real-world ehealth systems
  • Five written reports based on individual computer-based learning tutorials / practical activities (10% each) of approximately 500 words each due in weeks 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11, requiring 13-15 hours of work per student including preparation. Intended Learning Outcome (ILO) 2 is addressed in the written reports. The written reports are a hurdle and must be passed to pass the subject.
  • One project report on an ehealth infrastructure design project (50%), comprising of: one class presentation of approximately 10 minutes duration and one written report of approximately 2000 words due in week 12, requiring 70-75 hours of work per student. Group projects are optional; 1000 additional words and 5 additional minutes of class presentation are required for each extra person, i.e. 2 people = 3000 words + 15 minute presentation; 3 people = 4000 words + 20 minute presentation, etc. Each group member commits approximately 70-75 hours of work and receives the same mark. ILOs 1 and 3 are addressed in the project report. The project report is a hurdle and students must pass it to pass the subject.

Hurdle requirement: To pass the subject, students must obtain:

  • at least 50% of the marks available in the written reports
  • at least 50% in the marks available in the project report.
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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject, students should have developed the following generic skills:

  • Understanding of global issues relating to health
  • The ability to work across different disciplines
  • Excellent in-depth knowledge to support responsible leadership

Learning and Teaching Methods

This subject is offered as one 3-hour block of two 1- hour lectures plus one 1- hour tutorial per week over 12 weeks.

Subject documents and class records are handled using LMS Blackboard.

Indicative Key Learning Resources

This subject has no textbook. Students have access to lecture audio and slides in the LMS, as well as electronic full-text of recommended readings, including current journal articles, government documents and industry reports. 2012 examples of recommended readings are:

Integrating the Health Enterprise. 2012. IHE IT Infrastructure Technical Framework, Volume 2x

Sittig DF, Hazlehurst BL, Brown J, Murphy S, Rosenman M, Tarczy-Hornoch P, Wilcox AB. 2012. A survey of informatics platforms that enable distributed comparative effectiveness research using multi-institutional heterogenous clinical data.

Mandl, K., Murphy, S., Bernstam, E., Ramoni, R., Kreda, D., Mccoy, J., Adida, B., Kohane, I. 2012. SMART Platforms: Creating the “App Store” for Health

Careers/Industry Links

This subject is important in the field of ehealth and biomedical informatics, i.e. work that concerns the acquisition, storage, retrieval and use of information in, about and for human health, and the design and management of related solutions to advance the understanding and practice of healthcare. This subject is offered jointly by the Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, and also uses expert guest speakers from industry and government.

Related Course(s): Doctor of Philosophy - Engineering
Master of Information Systems
Master of Information Systems
Master of Information Systems
Master of Information Technology
Master of Information Technology
Master of Philosophy - Engineering
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: MIS Professional Specialisation
MIS Research Specialisation
MIT Health Specialisation

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