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Medicine and health systems

Code: IM2014_02     Acronym: MSS

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Medicine

Instance: 2017/2018 - 1S Ícone do Moodle

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: Department of Community Medicine, Information and Health Decision Sciences
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 23 Current Studies Plan 1 - 6 55 162

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
José Alberto da Silva Freitas
Altamiro Manuel Rodrigues da Costa Pereira

Teaching language

Suitable for English-speaking students


Understand the diverse medical terminology and health services  processes and organization with emphasis to the Portuguese National Health Service. Learn the fundaments of medicine (intervenient, normal and disease concepts, clinical method and decision), health systems and current healthcare providing. Management and coding of clinical information and production of indicators.

Learning outcomes and competences


  • To know and discuss clinic nomenclatures and diagnosis related groups;

  • Define strategies to audit the quality of information;

  • Understand the importance of indicators for hospital management.


  • Describe the institutions that compose the national health service;

  • Keep informed of the developments in coding systems and nomenclatures in health;

  • To have a critical spirit regarding the definition and use of standards in health;

  • Evaluate the importance of standards and audit processes in the quality of biomedical information;

  • Be able to search for and understand quality and performance indicators.

Working method




  • Objectives
  •  Curricular unit structure
  • Evaluation


  • Doctor: pre and postgraduate progression
  • Clinical method and Medical Decision
  • Terminology, Evidence based medicine and Decision

Health Systems

  •  Structure and actors
  •  Information and quality in health services

Standards in health information systems

  • Terminologies and nomenclatures
  • Classification and codification systems
  • International classification of diseases (ICD and ICD-CM)
  • Diagnosis related groups (DRG)

DRG in Portugal

Audit and quality of clinical information

  • Data quality problems
  • Auditing the quality of clinical information
  • Auditing in NHS hospitals

Quality and performance indicators in health management

  • Concepts of healthcare quality
Quality indicators in primary and secondary care

Mandatory literature

Shortliffe, E. and J. Cimino ; Biomedical Informatics - Computer Applications in Health Care and Biomedicine, Springer, 2006
Michelle A. Green, Mary Jo Bowie; Essentials of Health Information Management: Principles and Practices, Cengage Learning,, 2010
Cruz-Correia RJ, Rodrigues PP, Freitas A, Almeida FC, Chen R, Altamiro C-P. ; Data Quality and Integration Issues in Electronic Health Records In: Hristidis V, editor. Information Discovery on Electronic Health Records: Chapman and Hall; p. 55-95., 2009

Teaching methods and learning activities

Online platform with syllabus content.
Theoretical lectures, seminars and practical lessons, with topic discussion (including examples in health), individual and group exercises, and hands-on training on medical scenarios.

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation with final exam

Assessment Components

Designation Weight (%)
Exame 40,00
Participação presencial 10,00
Trabalho escrito 50,00
Total: 100,00

Calculation formula of final grade

Evaluation will be based on group assignments and final exam.
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