Digital Collaborative Systems in Healthcare

Course offered by: Prof. Dr. Horst Kunhardt, Anna E. Schmaus-Klughammer
Offering University: TH Deggendorf
Course Language: English
Subject Area: Health Care / Health Management Free of Charge
Average Workload: 15 Hours Free of Charge Enrol
Picture Credits: Benedikt Krieger

What awaits you in this course?

The course “Digital Collaborative Systems in Healthcare” is suitable for anyone working in or interested in the healthcare sector. Furthermore, the course is a preparatory course for students who will apply for the Bachelor Health Informatics and the Master Medical Informatics courses at the Technische Hochschule Deggendorf, European Campus in Pfarrkirchen or any other student interested in the topic. The students who will apply for those Bachelor and Master courses are from all over the world. In order to get a first impression and to get familiar with part of the lectures, they will be able to study this preparatory course. As digital collaborative systems in healthcare are important for students from other courses (e.g. Medicine, Public Health, Global Health etc.) this OPEN vhb course will allow students, no matter where they study, to get a better understanding about the topic.

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What can you learn in this course?

Students who will finish the course "Digital Collaborative Systems in Healthcare" will be familiar with the foundations of health information technology, applications of digital collaborative systems in healthcare and basics of Big Data. The knowledge gained will allow a better understanding of digital healthcare and its application in different settings.


Course Content and Structure

These are the main topics of the course "Digital Collaborative Systems in Healthcare": 

Chapter 1 

Types of Health Information Technology

  • Lecture 1: IT Infrastructure 
  • Lecture 2: Electronic Health Record (EHR)
  • Lecture 3: Personal Health Record (PHR)
  • Lecture 4: Health Information Exchange (HIE)
  • Lecture 5: Medical Interaction Platforms
  • Lecture 6: Collaboration in Healthcare across Borders

Chapter 2 

Use Cases of Application

  • Lecture 1: eHealth / mHealth
  • Lecture 2: Health Technology Infrastructure
  • Lecture 3: Telemedicine
  • Lecture 4: Ambient Assisted Living
  • Lecture 5: Teletherapy
  • Lecture 6: Telemonitoring

Chapter 3 

Introduction to Big Data and eHealth

  • Lecture 1: Foundations of Big Data
  • Lecture 2: Data Classification
  • Lecture 3: Data Analytics in eHealth

Course offered by

Professor Dr. Horst Kunhardt

Vice President of Deggendorf Institute of Technology.

Founder of the European Campus Rottal-Inn (ECRI)

Further authors

Anna E. Schmaus-Klughammer, LLB(hons)

Associated Professor and Researcher at the Deggendorf Institute of Technology

She teaches digital Health, Telemedicine, Law and Ethics at ECRI.

She is the coordinator of this course.

Oscar Blanco, Msc

He finished his Master studies at the Deggendorf Institute of Technology.

The title of his Master Thesis is „Consumer Health Informatics Ontology“

As a Student Assistant he is teaching students from the Bachelor Healthcare Informatics course at ECRI.

Target group

This course is for people interested in eHealth and Telemedicine. The main target group will be people directly or indirectly involved in healthcare. This can be nurses, physicians, dentists, physiotherapists as well as people who have an IT background and would like to learn more about IT in healthcare. Since the role of technology is increasing in healthcare, the industry workforce will need higher technical knowledge to effectively deliver high quality health services. Increased healthcare consumerism is also creating pressure for individuals to actively participate in their own health. As a result, this course can also contribute to increasing digital health literacy for individuals and teaching them how to actively engage with their healthcare system using modern technologies.

Confirmation of participation

Once the participants have answered the quiz questions of the course correctly, they will be able to download the automatically generated certificate.


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Collaborative Systems, Health IT, Telemedicine, eHealth, Big Data