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2017/2018  KAN-CIHCV1602U  Frontiers of Digital Healthcare

English Title
Frontiers of Digital Healthcare

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Quarter
Start time of the course First Quarter
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Min. participants 15
Max. participants 50
Study board
Study Board for MSc in Business Administration and Innovation in Health Care
Course coordinator
  • Till Winkler - DIGI
Main academic disciplines
  • Innovation
Last updated on 17-08-2017

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Learning objectives
To achieve the grade 12, students should meet the following learning objectives with no or only minor mistakes or errors:
  • Distinguish the potential drivers and inhibitors of digital innovation in healthcare such as centralized, national, or policy-driven initiatives as well as decentralized, disruptive, and consumer-driven initiatives.
  • Analyze and explain the structure and context of different national healthcare systems, including those in Europe and the US, regarding their national initiatives to drive digital innovations.
  • Identify recent technology trends and enabling technologies for digital innovation in healthcare such as online patient communities, mobile apps, smart sensors, cloud computing, wearables, robotics, and artificial intelligence.
  • Research and explore a specific case of a digital healthcare innovation including its use case(s), affected stakeholders, benefits and potential costs
  • Perform and present a technology assessment for a specific innovation in a defined national or regional context, localized to the given economic, policy and technological conditions.
Course prerequisites
Elective Track 1 "Digital Innovation in healthcare"
Frontiers of Digital Healthcare:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Oral exam based on written product

In order to participate in the oral exam, the written product must be handed in before the oral exam; by the set deadline. The grade is based on an overall assessment of the written product and the individual oral performance.
Individual or group exam Individual oral exam based on written group product
Number of people in the group 4-5
Size of written product Max. 15 pages
Assignment type Project
Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
20 min. per student, including examiners' discussion of grade, and informing plus explaining the grade
Preparation time No preparation
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and second internal examiner
Exam period Autumn
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
If a student is ill during the regular oral exam, he/she will be able to re-use the project at the make-up exam. If a student is ill during the writing of the project and did not contribute to the project, the make-up exam can be written individually or in groups (provided that other students are taking the make-up/re-exam). If the student did not pass the regular exam or did not show up at the oral exam, he/she must make a new revised project/business plan (confer advice from the examiner) and hand it in on a new deadline specified by the secretariat.
Course content and structure

The course is structured around two complementary parts that can be broadly characterized as centralized and decentralized healthcare innovations. In each of the parts, the students will pick one of the course topics as a group work and elaborate a short presentation and a summary paper.

After an introduction to the course, part one deals with centralized, national and/or policy-driven initiatives to digital healthcare innovation, e.g. health cards, super-hospitals, healthcare platforms, and therefore makes strong reference to the contextual conditions of different national healthcare delivery systems. Students groups will elaborate on one centralized health initiative of their choice (inside or outside of Europe) and elaborate on its drivers and inhibitors from economic, technological, and policy standpoints.

Part two deals with decentralized, potentially disruptive and/or patient-driven innovations such as self-management care, mobile health applications, and sensor technologies. This part will therefore also expand on the enabling technologies and upcoming technological trends. The student groups, which are re-shuffled at the halftime of the course, will elaborate on one of these, or a related decentralized digital healthcare innovation.

After completion of the two parts, each student has interacted in two different study groups. Students have to prepare a group project that brings the chosen decentralized innovation (from part two) together with a specific national, regional or local context (from part one). The final examination is an individual  oral exam based on written group project

Teaching methods
to be announced
Feedback during the teaching period
Feedback will be given at the oral examination
Student workload
teaching 30 hours
preparation of class 60 hours
project 90 hours
exam preparation 35 hours
Last updated on 17-08-2017