The nature of health systems provision is changing to embrace both information and engineering technology. This trend is accelerating and has created a global demand for a new breed of graduate versed strongly in both ICT and in health sciences. This award focuses on the links between ICT and health.

Flinders' has earned a reputation for being an innovator in medical and health science-related degrees while providing a broad range of industry focused ICT awards. The new digital health systems program is unique to South Australia and aims to meet the growing demand for professionals with the skills and knowledge to develop and manage both the technology hardware and data management software within the healthcare industry.

Flinders' Course in Digital Health Systems

This course develops student’s skills and knowledge in ICT, engineering and health sciences, through health informatics and computer science. This course draws on Flinders strengths in medical science, health science and ICT to provide students with the skills and knowledge to succeed in a rapidly changing and increasingly technology based health industry.

The course has been designed to provide graduates with:

  • a strong foundation in both the theoretical and the practical aspects of digital health systems and information technology generally,
  • a strong, practical understanding of the professional, ethical and legal responsibilities in healthcare and how to use technology to monitor and manage them,
  • an understanding of healthcare professional practice and how hardware and software can contribute to effective patient management,
  • well developed written and oral communication skills including an understanding of medical terminology and coding systems
  • an ability to critically analyse and evaluate complex health information and solve problems
  • an awareness of social, economic, cultural and environmental aspects of digital health systems
  • preparation for future management roles as an information technology professional.

This course is accredited by the Australian Computer Society.

Program Structure

Students undertake topics in computing, statistics and information and communications technology as well as a range of health related topics. This course also contains specialist health information management topics including decision support systems in medicine, electronic medical records, health analytics, health systems security and telemedicine technology.

After three years students may exit with a Bachelor of Information Technology.

In fourth year, students undertake further specialised topics and a digital health-related research project in an area of interest.  During this year students are able to work closely with a leading academic and research staff and with industry.  Students present the results of their research in a thesis.

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