Digital Health: Law and Ethics

Course offered by: Prof. Dr. Horst Kunhardt, Prof. Dr. Bernhard Bleyer, Anna E. Schmaus-Klughammer
Offering University: TH Deggendorf
Course Language: English
Subject Area: Health Care / Health Management
Average Workload: 20 Hours Free of Charge
Available from: 30.09.22 Free of Charge
Picture Credits: Benedikt Krieger

What awaits you in this course?

The course Digital Health: “Law and Ethics” 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 Digital Helath and Master Global Public Health courses at the Technische Hochschule Deggendorf, European Campus in Pfarrkirchen or any other student interested in the topic. This course was developed get a first impression and to get familiar with the legal and ethical questions in Digital Health. As digital health becomes more and more important in healthcare. Students from other courses (e.g. Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing, Care etc.) who will take this OPEN vhb course will get a better understanding about the important topic.

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What can you learn in this course?

Students who will finish the course “Digital Health: Law and Ethics” will be familiar with the foundations of Digital Health, Law, Law in Digital Health, Ethics and Ethics in Digital Health. The knowledge gained will allow a better understanding of each of the topics as well as of the synergies in different settings.


Course Content and Structure

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

Chapter 1 - Digital Health

  • Lecture 1: Introduction
  • Lecture 2: Software
  • Lecture 3: Hardware

Chapter 2 - Law

  • Lecture 1: Foundations of Law

Chapter 3 - Digital Health and Law

  • Lecture 1: Jurisdiction and digital health
  • Lecture 2: Liability of eHealth
  • Lecture 3: Legislation of Patient Safety
  • Lecture 4: Privacy for Patient Data
  • Lecture 5: Cross Border Healthcare and Law

Chapter 4 - Ethics

  • Lecture 1: Foundations of Ethics

Chapter 5 - Digital Health and Ethics

  • Lecture 1: Ethics in Medicine 
  • Lecture 2: Digital Health and Ethics
  • Lecture 3: Ethics and Telemedicine 
  • Lecture 4: Ethics and Doctor-Patient Relationship
  • Lecture 5: Ethics and Big Data

Chapter 6 - Use Cases

  • Cross Border Healthcare
  • Elderly Care
  • Rehabilitation

Course offered by

Professor Dr. Horst Kunhardt

Vice President of Deggendorf Institute of Technology.

Founder of the European Campus Rottal-Inn (ECRI)

Prof. Dr. Bernhard Bleyer

Ethics consultation in patient care

Ethical research in the project “Dein Haus 4.0”

Faculty of Applied Healthcare Sciences at the Deggendorf Institute of Technology

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.

Target group

This course is for people interested in Digital Health and how it is related to law and ethics.. 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 how IT in healthcare has to take into consideration law and ethics. Since the role of technology is increasing in healthcare and since telemedicine becomes more and more important in cross border healthcare and international context, legal regulations are also becoming more important. However, what is feasible and legally allowed in digital health is not always ethically acceptable.

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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