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Health Ontologies, Terminologies, and Classifications BAA760
This unit examines the foundational health information management categorical frameworks, terms and design processes. In technical language, the unit investigates the theory and practice related to clinical classification, terminologies, and ontology development. Issues to be investigated include: a critical assessment of information systems utilised to aid decision making; application of data, via casemix and funding, to promote evidence based performance and planning; analysing and monitoring information systems to enhance patient care and safety; and, the ethical and professional responsibilities of information managers. Students will have opportunities to hear from experts across Australia and participate in industry case studies and analysis.
|Unit name||Health Ontologies, Terminologies, and Classifications|
|College/School||College of Business & Economics
Tasmanian School of Business and Economics
|Discipline||Australian Institute of Health Service Management|
|Coordinator||Doctor Maria Agaliotis|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
- International students
- Domestic students
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- Critically evaluate the theory, principles and practice of ontologies, terminologies, and classifications in Australian and international healthcare services
- Assess the role of clinical classification and Diagnosis-Related Groups (DRGs) in the Australian and international healthcare system
- Develop an ontology applicable to a healthcare service in Australia
- Differentiate between terminologies and classifications
- Demonstrate professional and ethical behaviour in the application of classification and terminology, applying corporate social responsibility
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|Assessment||Essay (30%)|Report (40%)|Presentation (30%)|
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There are no prescribed texts for this Unit. The learning materials of the unit will be drawn from publications, journal articles and other credible sources/websites. You will be able to access the learning materials through the Learning Hub section of the MyLO unit. Journal articles and other readings will be made available throughout the semester via MyLO.
There is a set of recommended and supplementary readings available in the learning context section of MyLO.
Abdelhak M & Hanken MA 2016, Health information: management of a strategic resource, 5th ed. Elsevier: Missouri, USA.
In addition, you are also expected to be familiar with the key academic journals in the discipline from which useful insights may be derived. You are encouraged to regularly review relevant papers published in:
Health Information Management Journal
Health Information Management - Interchange
International Journal of Medical Informatics
Journal of AHIMA
Journal of the American of Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA)
Journal of Medical Systems
Journal of Medical Internet Research
Perspective in Health Information Management
Please also review regularly the relevant information/reports that are published the following websites:
Health Information Management Association of Australia Limited, (HIMAA)
Australasian College of Health Informatics
Health Informatics Society of Australia
Healthcare IT News Australia [part of the Health Information and Management Society (HIMSS)]
Australian Classification of Health Interventions (ACHI)
Australian Digital Health Agency
https://www.digitalhealth.gov.au/[National Clinical Terminology Service (NCTS) Webinar Series
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, METeOR (Metadata Online Registry)
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