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DIGH701 Principles of Digital Health and Informatics

Advanced study of the strategies and frameworks that support the development and safe application of digital and information systems technology in healthcare.

The aim of this paper is to enable the students to develop an understanding of information systems and digital health concepts and frameworks including integrated health information system components and architecture, the electronic medical record, telehealth, artificial intelligence, health information transfer standards, future trends in digital health, and social and ethical issues. Students will gain an understanding of the different types of data collected from these systems and its potential to influence individual and population health.

Paper title Principles of Digital Health and Informatics
Paper code DIGH701
Subject Digital Health
EFTS 0.2500
Points 30 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (Distance learning)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,018.75
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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HEIN 701, HEIN 702

Dr Chris Paton, Clinical Senior Lecturer – Dr Chris Paton

Teaching staff

Dr Chris Paton

Paper Structure

This paper comprises a series of topic-related lectures (digital health concepts, systems, standards, etc.) delivered by University of Otago lecturers accompanied by regular guest lectures by digital health experts from the digital health industry, the Ministry of Health and non-profit organizations.

Teaching Arrangements

This Distance Learning paper is taught remotely.

The course is taught using online learning tools that enable live class discussion, group activities and regular individual online meetings and discussions.


To be advised.

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. Critically appraise Digital Health strategic goals (national and global) and articulate how digital technologies help address key public health priorities.
  2. Identify and demonstrate an understanding of the frameworks and key principles in place to guide the development of digital health and technology in the health sector.
  3. Explain the foundational concepts in healthcare information technology; software, messaging standards, reference sets, etc.
  4. Consider the uses for the range of data and terminologies used in the health sector, acquisition, management, storage and governance.
  5. Assess the ethical issues and risks associated with the application and use of digital and information technology and their mitigation.

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Semester 1

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

Other Teaching

Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 09:00-10:50 9-14, 16, 18-22
Thursday 18:00-19:50 9-14, 16-22