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2018/2019  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 - Department of Digitalisation
Main academic disciplines
  • Information technology
  • Innovation
Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face teaching
Last updated on 15-06-2018

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Learning objectives
  • describe technology trends at the frontier of digital healthcare innovation, including social communities, cloud computing, mobile health, big data, and cognitive computing
  • relate digital healthcare innovation trends to key concepts from the academic literature and draw connections in-between relevant theoretical concepts
  • explain and apply methods and techniques of data analysis and machine learning in scenarios of digital healthcare
  • reflect on their individual learning progress and identify touchpoints, intersections, and gaps in comparison to their prior knowledge
  • identify a research opportunity at the digital healthcare frontier and conduct independent desk-based research to investigate this issue
Course prerequisites
This elective course is open to master-level students of all study lines inside and outside CBS. There are no formal prerequisites to participate. Prior knowledge of healthcare or digital technologies field is helpful, but not a must.

For students of the MSc in Business Administration and Innovation in Health Care, this course forms part of the 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 2-3
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
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

This course aims to provide participants from various backgrounds with insights into the latest trends, technologies, and developments at the frontier of digital healthcare innovation.


Digital technology innovations are poised to disrupt the healthcare landscape, a sector that has often been thought of as one of the least digitized industries. Omnipresent trends such as online social communities, ubiquitous mobile devices, and the surge of smart sensor technologies, lead to an exponential growth of available data that can have great relevance to healthcare provision. In addition, advances in cloud computing, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and other technologies make unprecedented opportunities available to store, process, and use these data at large scale, for the benefit of consumers, healthcare providers, and other stakeholders in the healthcare field.


A boosting number of healthcare startups are currently aiming to disrupt the traditional model in which healthcare services are provided by exploiting these and other digital technology trends and helping patients and healthcare professionals at the point of care. At the same time, the larger players in the healthcare industry (e.g., healthcare providers, pharmaceutical firms, and insurers) as well as new entrants (e.g., information technology leaders such as Microsoft, Google, and IBM) are pushing forward to foster digital innovation under the roof of their own established business models. From a societal perspective, digital innovations provide enormous opportunities to improve the achievement of the global triple aim of higher quality, lower cost, and better access in healthcare systems worldwide.


In sum, digital innovations hold the promise to solve some of the major challenges in healthcare. Hence, healthcare is turning from a less digitized industry into a vibrant field: Tech startups, established players, as well as governments currently seek for the much-needed talent that understands these tech trends and is able to relate them to relevant problems and opportunities in the healthcare field.


This course is designed to make the participants acquainted with the latest digital  innovations at the frontier of digital healthcare innovation and to provide them with the hands-on skills needed to identify and exploit these opportunities in a real-world business environment. Over the five weeks of this course, we will bring together expert speakers from academia and industry who will collectively cover several trends in digital innovation, including: social, cloud, mobile, big data, and cognitive. For each of these trends, we drill both into the underlying conceptual, theoretical, and methodological foundations, as well as into concrete cases and application scenarios in different healthcare system contexts.


The participants will work in groups to compile a learning diary with their summary of, and reflections about, healthcare trends, enabling technologies, potential application scenarios, and underlying methods and techniques. This learning diary will form the basis for the written product (the project report) that they hand-in before a final oral examination. 


Description of the teaching methods
The teaching will combine classic lecture modes with in-class discussions and small interactive exercises.

To explain some of the methodological and technical foundations, hands-on demonstrations will be provided in class in order to showcase specific tools or methods.

In order to learn about concrete cases and application scenarios of digital innovations in healthcare, the course aims to include experts from the industry as guest speakers.
Feedback during the teaching period
Students will receive feedback
- in class during and after discussion and exercise modes
- from the peers they work with in groups
- during office hours, on request
- at the oral examination
Student workload
teaching 30 hours
preparation of class 60 hours
project 90 hours
exam preparation 35 hours
Expected literature

Relevant literature: 
(updates possilbe)


Last updated on 15-06-2018