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2017/2018  KAN-CIHCO2001U  Foundations of Health Care IT

English Title
Foundations of Health Care IT

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory offered as elective
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Spring
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Max. participants 30
Study board
Study Board for MSc in Business Administration and Innovation in Health Care
Course coordinator
  • Till Winkler - DIGI
Main academic disciplines
  • Information technology
Last updated on 20-02-2018

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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:
  • Describe the role, challenges, and opportunities of digital technologies in healthcare management.
  • Identify and present the requirements for designing, implementing, and using digital technologies in healthcare.
  • Analyze and discuss specific healthcare IT-related cases based on the theories presented in the course, and provide recommendation for practice
  • Reflect on how the healthcare industry can leverage on digital technologies to address current healthcare objectives and requirements.
Foundations of Health Care IT:
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 2
Size of written product Max. 5 pages
Assignment type Synopsis
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 Spring
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 (confer advice from the examiner) and hand it in on a new deadline specified by the secretariat.
Description of the exam procedure

Examiner from CBS and second internal examiner from KU/CBS

Course content and structure

Today, in the context of technology intensive business environments and service-oriented infrastructures, digital innovation has become a key source of sustainable growth and competitive advantage. Yet, the healthcare sector has remained a domain with a relatively low degree of digitization, which in turn presents a great unrealized potential to harness information technology to help achieving the healthcare delivery goals that have become a priority for healthcare providers and governments across the globe: lower costs, higher quality, and increased patient access to healthcare services. The course lays the foundations for discussing the potential and challenges of implementing information technology in the healthcare industry. Towards this aim, the course is divided into three sections:

In the first section, we introduce the application of information technology to healthcare. This introduction covers an understanding of information systems in general and digital technologies specifically related to the healthcare industry. We will discuss how digital technologies can facilitate the management and administration of healthcare services as well as provide the basis for innovation in care giving. The focus is here on how the healthcare industry can leverage on digital technologies to help achieving the three common goals of lower costs, higher quality, and increased patient access.

In the second section, we introduce essential types of information systems such as electronic health records, personal health records, tele health, health information exchanges, patient-centered services, and health information infrastructures. We will discuss how such information systems can be designed, implemented, and used in a healthcare context. In particular, we will discuss the potential and challenges of implementing information technology in the healthcare industry relative to managerial, strategic, organizational, policy, privacy, and security issues.

In the third section, students apply the knowledge acquired in the two previous sections to analyze specific healthcare IT-related challenges. In groups, students will conduct a small student project in which they relate the theories presented in the course with a healthcare practice, and they will discuss the implications of digital technologies in healthcare.


Teaching methods
The course combines traditional classroom teaching with exercises, case discussion, student presentations, group projects, and supervision. In addition, guest speakers will share their expertise about the theories discussed in class.
Feedback during the teaching period
Feedback will be given at the oral exam
Student workload
class 30 hours
session preparation 60 hours
exam preparation 75 hours
Group project 60 hours
Expected literature


Hoyt, R. E., & Yoshihashi, A. K. (2014). Health Informatics: Practical guide for healthcare and information technology professionals6th ed. Informatics Education.com. (Ebook ISBN 978-0-9887529-2-4)

Last updated on 20-02-2018