Module - Applied Health Informatics (HBI108)


Aim of this module

Clinical Bioinformatics is performed in the complex informatics and social structure of the NHS. Therefore, in order to support the design and evaluate information technology tools and processes, or design new ways of using information to address specific needs, there is a need to understand the interplay between technology, people and social systems. Qualitative research methodologies used within social science can be used to gain insights into these issues.

Health Informatics is a key component of the patient care pathways and so it is important for patient safety that any code that is developed or deployed can be shown to be safe and effective. For that reason the Clinical Scientist in HSST must have knowledge of the appropriate regulatory, governance and quality assurance frameworks that apply to Health Informatics and how they should be applied within the clinical environment.

By the end of this module the Clinical Scientist in HSST will be able to analyse, synthesise and apply their knowledge and understanding of ontology/terminology for describing a patient/family phenotype. They will be able to interact with organisations developing coding standards, appraise an interface for its appropriate use within a clinical environment and analyse the influence that an organisation structure will have on data quality. The Clinical Scientist in HSST will also be expected to consistently demonstrate the attitudes and behaviours necessary for the role of a CCS.

Knowledge and understanding

By the end of this module the HSST Clinical Scientist will be able to analyse, synthesise, evaluate and critically apply their expert knowledge to applied Health Informatics, including:

Knowledge representation

Human–computer interaction

System-wide human factors

Patient care pathways

Technical and Clinical Skills

By the end of this module the Clinical Scientists in HSST will have a critical understanding of current evidence and its application to the performance and mastery of a range of technical skills and will be able to: