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    Advanced techniques, processes, skills and tools required to inform the development and safe application of digital and information systems technology in healthcare.

    This paper takes students through the key processes and techniques used to design and test digital health systems using a human-centred design methodology. Students will learn how modern software design and development principles such as “design thinking” and Agile can be used to create systems that meet the needs of patients, clinicians and their communities.

    About this paper

    Paper title Digital Health Technologies and Systems
    Subject Digital Health
    EFTS 0.2500
    Points 30 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (Distance learning)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $3,103.25
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    HEIN 703

    Dr Chris Paton, Clinical Senior Lecturer – Dr Chris Paton

    Teaching staff

    Dr Chris Paton, Clinical Senior Lecturer – Dr Chris Paton

    Paper Structure

    This paper comprises of a series of introductory lectures to modern software design, development and user-testing techniques including persona development, user story mapping, wire-framing and usability testing. Students will work in groups using online collaboration tools to design a prototype of a digital health intervention that they can test with potential end-users.

    Teaching Arrangements

    This Distance Learning paper is taught remotely.

    The course is taught using online learning and software design collaboration tools that enable the delivery of the introductory lectures and the co-design of software products.


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    Course outline

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    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Global perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics.
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    Learning Outcomes
    1. Understand the phases of the Systems Development Life-Cycle (SDLC)
    2. Gain conceptual & practical skills in key aspects of developing information systems for healthcare
    3. Apply knowledge gained in a project to implement or design a health information system to solve a particular problem


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught through Distance Learning
    Learning management system

    Other Teaching

    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Wednesday 18:00-19:50 9-13, 15-22
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