English   Danish

2022/2023  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 (also 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 45
Study board
Study Board for MSc in Business Administration and Innovation in Health Care
Course coordinator
  • Chee-Wee Tan - Department of Digitalisation
Main academic disciplines
  • Information technology
  • Innovation
  • Project and change management
Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face teaching
Last updated on 28-11-2022

Relevant links

Learning objectives
  • Describe the role, challenges, and opportunities of digital technologies in health care management.
  • Identify and present the requirements for designing, implementing, and using digital technologies in health care.
  • Analyze and discuss specific health care IT-related cases based on the theories presented in the course, and provide recommendation for practice.
  • Reflect on how the health care industry can leverage on digital technologies to address current health care objectives and requirements.
Course prerequisites
This is a mandatory course for the MSc in Business Administration and Innovation in Health Care.

To sign up send a 1-page motivational letter and a grade transcript to ily.stu@cbs.dk before the registration deadline for elective courses. You may find the registration deadlines on my.cbs.dk ( https:/​/​studentcbs.sharepoint.com/​graduate/​pages/​registration-for-electives.aspx)

Please also remember to sign up through the online registration.
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, see also the rules about examination forms in the programme regulations.
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
Grading scale 7-point grading scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and external examiner
Exam period Summer
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.
Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

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 health care 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 health care delivery goals that have become a priority for health care providers and governments across the globe: lower costs, higher quality, and increased patient access to health care services.


This course lays the foundations for discussing the potentials and challenges of implementing information technology in the healthcare field. Towards this aim, the course is divided into three sections:


In the first section, we lay methodological foundations for the design, development, management, and use of digital technologies in general. This includes a review of classic systems development methodologies up to more recent approaches and the notion of design thinking. Hence, this part primarily aims to provide the participants with necessary tools to analyze requirements, design mockup solutions, and guide technical implementation projects – without having to be technical experts themselves.


The second section focuses on the application of information technology to the health care sector. We introduce essential types of information systems such as electronic health records, personal health records, health information exchanges, and health information infrastructures. We will also discuss how such information systems can be designed, implemented, and used in a health care context. This section also addresses the potential and challenges of implementing information technology in the health care industry relative to managerial, strategic, organizational, and privacy issues.


In the third section, we tackle the issue of how digital technologies can provide the basis for innovation. Here the focus is on digital innovation at the consumer-end such as mobile and digital health platforms. We will discuss implications for digital business models and marketing in the online space. Finally, this section also includes a discussion of the pertinent privacy and security regulations and safeguards for digital health solutions.


The course concludes with a summary and wrap-up, in which the students pitch the case they investigate for their synopsis paper.


Description of the 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, as applicable.
Feedback during the teaching period
Feedback will be given
- in class, e.g. after discussion and group work modes
- in the form of peer-feedback when working in pairs
- on request during the office hours of the instructor
- at the oral exam
Student workload
class 30 hours
session preparation 60 hours
exam preparation 75 hours
Group project 60 hours
Expected literature


Hersh, W. R.; Hoyt, R. E. (2018). Health Informatics: Practical Guide Seventh Edition Informatics Education.com / lulu.com. (ISBN-10: 1387642413, ISBN-13: 978-1387642410).

Last updated on 28-11-2022