Tele-Health & Health Information Technologies in Public Health


Aims (Goals)
A general framework: Role and application of informatics and IT in health.
Provide opportunities for students to:
 Develop an understanding of Medical Informatics and informatics applications in Medicine and Public Health;
 Acquire skills in use and management of Information Technologies;
 Acquire basic knowledge of health data quality criteria (as users and producers);
 Motivate for the use of monitoring, surveillance and management applications;
 Develop awareness of IT use by health professionals;
 Develop  skills in Decision Support Systems. 

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Prof.ª Doutora Carlota Louro


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 Introduction to TELEMEDICINE. Second edition. Richard Wootton, John Craig and Victor Patterson. The Royal Society of Medicine Press. 2011.
 Disease surveillance-A Public Health informatics Approach. Ed. Joseph S. Lombardo, David Buckeridge. Willey &Sons, 2007.
 Lauf Kuziemsky C, Price M, Gardner J. A review of systematic reviews of Health information system Studies. Journal of the American Information Association, 2010; 17:637-645.
 Hearsh, W R., 2002. Medical informatics: improving Health care through information. AMA: 288(16), 1955-1958.
 Krittanawong, C. (2018) “The Rise of Artificial Intelligence and the Uncertain Future
for Physicians.” European Journal of Internal Medicine, vol. 48, Feb.
 ALGUNS SITES (a completar em cada sessão teórica)
 OPCIONAL: Glossário de termos técnicos específicos da UC. Webinars

Teaching method

A written commentary of: case-study, project development or improvement. A Clinical/Public Health Decision Support System critical assessment.
A capstone or synthesis of a Telehealth project. (2/3).
A half to one page written proposal has to be approved first.
NOTE-Participation, problem solving and interventions (1/3). Class  individual assessments including small s tasks may be required. Quantitative scale (0-20).

Evaluation method

Participation, problem solving and interventions (1/3). Class  individual assessments including small s tasks may be required. Quantitative scale (0-20).

Subject matter

Course content (topics) / Subject matter
Tele-Health – Historical view. Role of medical informatics in Health practice and basic Public Health application of informatics such as surveillance, reporting systems and health education and promotion.
The use of innovation for clinical triage or monitoring of chronic conditions.
Syndromic surveillance. Networks. Case-studies. Seminars, case-studies, demonstration and practice of applications, on-site visits.


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