Provided by Griffith University and Open University Australia, Health Services and Information Systems is a postgraduate online unit that examines how technologies such as the internet and Telehealth have affected the structure and delivery of established health services.
The unit provides an overview of the impact current and emerging communication and information technologies have had on patients, doctors and other health professionals. The unit also explores privacy and security issues in relation to the provision of quality health care and the evolution of electronic health records. In studying this unit, you will examine a variety of perspectives around these subjects, in addition to discussing the need for operational standards and standardised vocabularies.
On completion of this unit, you will have developed an understanding of the fundamentals of planning, implementing and evaluating online health applications and projects. You will also be able to articulate a range of developments that have helped to facilitate access to health services in rural and remote areas, as well as to housebound patients.
There are no prerequisites for this unit; so anyone can apply.
Areas of study
In this Health Services and Information Systems unit, the topics you will study include:
Information and health system development
Future impact of health information development
Impact assessment and evaluation
Information impact – quality
Information impact – primary, secondary and tertiary services
Information impact – policy and system management
Stakeholders – consumers; special communities, clinicians
Information technology and the internet
Information criticality in health-related decisions
Privacy, security and trust
This unit is not currently a requirement for any courses, but may be eligible for credit. Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.
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OUA has done away with traditional semesters to give you the flexibility you need. Find out more.
A solid grounding in information systems is an increasingly attractive asset for employers in the health industry, where there is still a major shortage of qualified information professionals who can demonstrate a strong working knowledge of issues and concerns exclusive to the healthcare industry.
The skills you will develop through this unit can be applied to a wide range of public and private sector healthcare positions, including managerial and high-level administrative positions in hospitals, private practices and health facilities.
The knowledge you gain through completion of this unit will allow you to build on your previous experiences and tailor your learning to accomplish your individual career objectives and join the ranks of future leaders in health information management.
How else will I benefit from this unit?
Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Health Services and Information Systems from Griffith University.
Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
Government financial support through FEE-HELP may be available.
Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUAs full degree programs.
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Want more information about the career benefits of this unit? Fill out the enquiry form to the right and a study consultant will contact you with the details you need.
If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.
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Want more information about financial and student support? Fill out the enquiry form to the right and a study consultant will contact you with the details you need.
You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!
This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.
Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).
For two decades, Open Universities Australia (OUA) has partnered with leading Australian educators to make tertiary-level courses easier to access for people, no matter their background, their work status or their other life commitments. OUA has built up their reputation by making education more flexible, easier to tailor and available almost entirely online.
OUA's devotion to online education remains to this day, but where they once focused on higher education, today they offer the broadest set of post-secondary education and training programs in Australia.
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