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Health Information Systems and Electronic Health Records

Code: IM2014_07     Acronym: SISRCE

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Medical Informatics

Instance: 2016/2017 - 2S Ícone do Moodle

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: Departamento de Medicina da Comunidade, Informação e Decisão em Saúde
Course/CS Responsible: Master Programme in Medical Informatics

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
MIM 21 Plano Oficial (Atualizado Despacho n.º 5137/2020) 1 - 6 55 162

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
Ricardo João Cruz Correia

Teaching - Hours

Theoretical and practical : 2,14
Tutorial Supervision: 1,43
Others: 0,36
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Theoretical and practical Totals 1 2,14
Ricardo João Cruz Correia 2,14
Tutorial Supervision Totals 1 1,43
Ricardo João Cruz Correia 1,43
Others Totals 1 0,36
Ricardo João Cruz Correia 0,36

Teaching language



Provide the students with knowledge and skills to select, design and manage health information systems and electronic health records

Learning outcomes and competences



  • General characteristics of health information systems such as patient record, patient monitoring, imaging, public health, educational, bioinformatics and scholarly systems
  • Core architectures and technologies of these core systems, focusing on commonalities and differences and design
  • Architectures, components and examples of health information systems, especially hospital information systems, office/practice information systems, to support health care professionals and managers of health care institutions
  • Specify IT system functions that support ethical, secure, efficient, and responsible use of information in clinical decision making and practice
  • Architectures and examples of information systems to support patients and the public
  • Architectures and examples of information systems to support policy makers and managers of community/district/regional health care services
  • Different phases of the development of HIS, and current trends in the development of such systems
  • Key components of clinical information workflows: identifying safety problems, medication delivery, test and results management, communication, documentation, information security and health IT deployment
  • Organisational information strategy

  • To use in an efficient and responsible way information processing tools, to support health care professionals’ practice and their decision making
  • To plan Health Information Systems oriented to health services aims
  • To address workflow and data collection issues from a clinical perspective, including quality measurement and improvement
  • To define Health Information Systems requirements
  • To analyze clinical process and information flows to promote patient safety and care quality and design UML diagrams on health processes
  • To identify the main issues and constraints in the implementation of HIS
  • To management Health Information Systems

Working method



  • How can computers help healthcare: what is a system, functions of computer systems, the need for a computer system

  • Understanding Health Information Systems

  • Development and implementation of Health Information Systems: system acquisition, specifying information processes, building new systems, incorporating remote service, designing for effectiveness, planning for change

  • Functions of HIS: Patient management and billing, departmental management, care delivery and clinical documentation, clinical decision support, financial and resource management

  • Historical evolution of HIS: central systems, departmental systems, integrated systems from single vendors, architecture of a changing environment

  • The importance of shared concepts among HIS

  • Barriers in data collection, data integration and process integration

  • Change management

  • Current trends in HIS development

  • Main difficulties in HIS

  • Meaningful use

Mandatory literature

Shortliffe E, Cimino J; Biomedical Informatics - Computer Applications in Health Care and Biomedicine, 3rd ed: Springer, 2006
H. Pardes , Harold P. Lehmann , Patricia A. Abbott , Nancy K. Roderer , Adam Rothschild , Steven F. Mandell , Jorge A. Ferrer , Robert E. Miller , Marion J. Ball; Aspects of Electronic Health Record Systems, Springer; 2 edition , 2006

Teaching methods and learning activities

Teaching methods

  • Lectures with presentation and discussion of topics, group exercises and individual interpretation
  • Research project in group with the presentation of a final scientific paper


  • Final exam (10 points)
  • Scientic paper  (10 points)

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation with final exam

Assessment Components

Designation Weight (%)
Exame 50,00
Trabalho escrito 50,00
Total: 100,00

Calculation formula of final grade


  • Final exam (10 points)
  • Scientic paper  (10 points)
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