Information and Communication Management

Foundations in eHealth (Lecture + Tutorial, 6 ECTS)

The module will be offered from the 2016/2017 winter semester in cooperation with the Department of Healthcare Management (Prof. Busse).

Target group:

Students of the business informatics and industrial engineering course. Due to the limited number of participants, bachelor's degree students are given preference when registering. Students from other courses of study can take part provided that there is sufficient free capacity.


Learning Outcomes:

Through active participation, the module is intended to enable students to comprehend the current topic of eHealth competently and to work actively on current technical issues in the subject area based on the elementary understanding of the topic. Those who complete the event can differentiate between the subject area eHealth and related terms and classify them scientifically. You get an insight into the industry with its technical and economic characteristics. They also understand the need for IT systems to work together in healthcare and the opportunities that arise from this. The current and planned future use of IT systems can be recorded, traced and evaluated; This applies above all to the areas of institutional IT in health care (hospitals and medical practices), the planned telematics infrastructure and the use of mobile devices (mHealth). With examples and group work with reference to the industrial and service sector from the subject area, the treated contents are illustrated and applied on the basis of practical, concrete questions. In addition, current issues on this topic are independently deepened in application and modeling and homework.


Course content:

The content of the lecture can be divided into four broad blocks. First, the necessary terms in the area of eHealth and related topics are defined and related to each other. In addition, the German health system with its actors, tasks and processes is characterized.

Then the basics of information management in the (German) healthcare system are discussed. This includes electronic communication (e.g. e-doctor's letter, e-referral) and documentation (e.g. e-patient file) as well as legal requirements with regard to electronic service accounting, for example. Furthermore, the telematics infrastructure in general and the IT systems of the actors involved in particular (e.g. hospitals) should be discussed here.

To understand the system architectures and application landscapes of the participating organizations and networks, concepts of information management are presented. On the one hand, this includes software architecture and design, as well as modularization and interfaces in particular. Furthermore, methods and techniques for controlling these architectures are also discussed (e.g. EAM, BPM, etc.). In addition, an understanding of the legal basis of communication and data protection should be created. Fundamental aspects of data protection, data security and data integrity are discussed in the context.

Finally, the economic characteristics of the eHealth segment are presented, with a focus on health markets, drivers and obstacles to innovations and market forecasts. In particular, the mHealth segment with its relationship to consumers and trend topics (e.g. quantified self, wearables, etc.) should be taken up here. Lectures by cooperation partners should create a practical reference here in a suitable manner and emphasize the importance.

  1. Basics of eHealth: terms and definitions
  2. Information management in healthcare
  3. Architectural concepts of information systems in health care
  4. Application areas and business models of eHealth


Teaching forms:

The technical content of the module is conveyed in a lecture. In addition, students receive homework during the semester to work on in groups. The additional content required for the homework is conveyed in special exercises.



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Further information:

Desirable prerequisites for participation in the courses: Attendance of the courses “Introduction to Health Care Management” and “Introduction to Information Systems Management”.