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Telemedicine and e-Health

Code: EBE0194     Acronym: TES

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Biomedical Engineering

Instance: 2016/2017 - 2S Ícone do Moodle

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Course/CS Responsible: Master in Bioengineering

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
MEB 23 Syllabus 1 - 6 56 162
MIB 7 Syllabus 4 - 6 56 162

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
João Paulo Trigueiros da Silva Cunha

Teaching - Hours

Recitations: 3,00
Laboratory Practice: 1,00
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Recitations Totals 1 3,00
João Paulo Trigueiros da Silva Cunha 3,00
Laboratory Practice Totals 2 2,00
João Paulo Trigueiros da Silva Cunha 2,00

Teaching language

Suitable for English-speaking students


The objective of the present course is to introduce and provide knowledge in the telemedicine and eHealth area. 

Learning outcomes and competences

Students will learn new concepts on clinical information generation, its transmission inside and out of health institutions and usage in different healthcare scenarios. Furthermore, they will learn to design IT architecture of health information systems based on established standards (HL7, DICOM, etc.) and to implement small projects in telemedicine and e-health.

Working method




Generarion of clinical information. Clinical information systems.

eHealth, telemedicine, tele-health and tele-care: scope and historic perspective



Usage scenarios and operation modes

Telemedicine systems technologies

Standards and best-practices

Telemedicine in developed and developing countries.

Telemedicine generations in Portugal

Tele-radiology, tele-cardiology and other examples of telemedicine systems in civil, military and aerospace environments.



Tele-health systems

Generic models and architectures for eHealth

Administrative and medical-administrative HIS

Clinical HIS (Labs, PACS, etc.)

Electronic health records

Health telematics: Regional and national telehealth systems

European eHealth perspectives

Biomedical informatics: eHealth and bioinformatics; examples.


Ethical and legal aspects of telemedicine and eHealth


Field trips to hospitals and telemedicine and eHealth R&D centers

Mandatory literature

Wootton, R., Craig, J., Patterson, V. ; Introduction to Telemedicine, Royal Soc Medicine Press Ltd, 2006
Shortliffe, E.H., Cimino, J.J. ; Biomedical Informatics: Computer Applications in Health Care and Biomedicine. , Springer, 2006

Complementary Bibliography

Maheu, M; E-Health, Telehealth and Telemedicine, Jossey-Bass (Wiley), 2001
Norris, A.; Essentials of Telemedicine and Telecare, Wiley, 2001
Bemmel, J., Muse, M.; Handbook of Medical Informatics, Springer, 1997

Teaching methods and learning activities

Theoretic concepts presentation; examples

Development of thematic state of the art reports and their presentations to the class;

Reports of visits to the hospitals/R&D centers

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation with final exam

Assessment Components

Designation Weight (%)
Exame 60,00
Trabalho escrito 40,00
Total: 100,00

Eligibility for exams

Both components have a minimum grade of 7/20

Calculation formula of final grade

Evaluation: 0.4Tr + 0.6Ex;

Tr- reports;

Ex- exam


Limited to 20 students/class due to lab equipment limitations in I305
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