FIT3180 - Data management for health informatics - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Information Technology

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Frada Burstein


Mr Hamidreza Pousti

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


From 2020 this unit will have a prerequisite of FIT1052


The aim of this unit is to examine the role of information and communication technologies (ICT), systems and hardware infrastructure that underpins secure delivery of the modern health services. Case studies of Picture Archive and Communication Systems (PACS) and Radiology Information Systems (RIS) will be covered more in depth, together with an overview of other health related software applications such as the Electronic Patient Record (EPR), medical classification schemas/ontologies, medical data standards and interoperability. The opportunities that new data analytics and artificial intelligence approaches offer to transform the modern healthcare will be reviewed in practical sessions. Students will also explore project and change management issues and learn how they impact efficiency of medical practice.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. describe their obligations in relation to Patient Health Record Privacy and Security.
  2. explain how health informatics functions across the wider health domain.
  3. describe how interoperability and integration of clinical systems is achieved through implementation of medical ontologies.
  4. explain how knowledge of ICT terminology facilitates more effective outcomes for users of health services.
  5. critically evaluate the roles and interdependencies of the software applications of health information systems (eg, PACS, HER, clinical decision support systems, RIS, and their relationship with other health IT applications.
  6. distinguish between the various components of the IT infrastructure including Network, Virtual Server environment and ICT support mechanisms.
  7. apply the principles of Project Management and Change Management methodologies in their work.
  8. analyse Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Plans for their Health IT applications.


In-semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Off-campus: 6 hours per week of direct engagement in the learning materials and 4 hours of self-directed study for 12 weeks.

12 x 2 hour practical tutorial sessions on campus will be offered for hands-on exercises under supervision of a tutor.

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