University of Technology Sydney

92489 Foundations of Health Information Management

6cp; 3hpw (workshop)
Requisite(s): 48 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10360 Bachelor of Public Health
Anti-requisite(s): 96332 Fundamentals of Health Information Management


The last three decades have witnessed a phenomenal information revolution as a consequence of the internet and other information technologies. The worldwide demand for healthcare reform has led to health services moving from paper to electronic records, which has resulted in the need for more and better information. The amount of information generated by one person during an encounter with the health service is formidable, and the management of this information and its exchange between health professionals is integral to any healthcare system. The transformation to digital records requires accurate coding of clinical content to support patient safety and quality improvement. This subject exposes the student to three major components of health information management – the patient record, major documentation principles, and relevant clinical communication and information exchange systems. The foundation for a successful health information system rests on the content, organisation, reliability and appropriateness of its data, and students are shown how this view of information management applies to patient-related data. Lastly, students gain an appreciation of how to create and exchange health information with ease and flexibility so that information is available when it is needed for the right purpose and at the right time.

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