The World Health Organization identified Health Information Systems as one of the building blocks of health systems. Moreover, having well-managed information on the different aspects of healthcare is essential for the successful implementation of the other building blocks. This underscores the importance of learning the practical management of information communication technologies (ICT).
This course will provide students with concepts and tools in managing ICT in the health context. Health informatics topics will include Principles of Information Systems, Electronic Health Records, and Information Security. New technologies such as the Internet and mobile that have given rise to new channels of delivery will be discussed. IT Management concepts, in the context of Philippines, and government services will include Economics of IT, Diffusion of IT, and Systems Development Management.
After taking this course, students are expected to consider appropriate ICT for the (1) improvement of health service delivery, (2) better performance management, and (3) advanced health research.