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Unit information: Digital Innovation in Healthcare in 2022/23

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Unit name Digital Innovation in Healthcare
Unit code EFIMM0088
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Bernardi
Open unit status Not open
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School/department School of Management
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Unit Information

The unit explores the diffusion and adoption of latest digital technologies in the health sector. The module aims to develop an in-depth understanding of the social, organisational and managerial implications of the adoption of these technologies with a focus on their potential benefits but also challenges in the transformation of the health service and care of patients. In this unit healthcare practitioners and managers will learn how to harness latest digital technologies to lead digital innovation in a healthcare setting. In particular, the aims of this unit are to provide students with a critical understanding of:

1. Digital health innovation opportunities, enablers, and barriers based on recent cases of IT implementations (e.g., telehealth and electronic health records systems).
2. The role of digital technology in enabling patient-centred care and patient empowerment.
3. The use of machine learning and Artificial Intelligence in clinical practice and the delivery of health services.
4. Ethics and changes in professional practice and accountability around the adoption of digital technologies in healthcare.

Your learning on this unit

On completion of this unit, students will be able to demonstrate:

1. A critical understanding of the use and implications of latest digital technologies in healthcare;
2. A critical appraisal of the enablers and barriers to digital innovation in a healthcare setting;
3. A reasoned evaluation of patients’ use of digital technologies in health self-management and the transformation of clinical practice and healthcare by machine learning and Artificial Intelligence;
4. A thorough reflection on ethics in the digital transformation of healthcare and the IT-enabled change of professional practice;
5. The ability of presenting and justifying a digital solution to a healthcare problem.

How you will learn

The unit will be taught through a mixture of self-guided study materials, real time and recorded lectures, activities, and case-based discussions. Students will be required to do some reading before each session. The use of the Blackboard online learning environment will be actively pursued to develop students’ understanding and engagement with the unit content.

How you will be assessed

Formative assessment (ILO 1,2,4)
Formative assessment will take place through students’ active participation through online discussion boards. An on-going evaluation of students’ understanding of the course contents will be based on students’ discussions of academic and practice-oriented literature through which students will have to propose solutions to problems faced in the digital transformation of healthcare.

Summative assessment (ILO 1,2,3,4,5)
The 100% assessment of this unit will be an individual video presentation of a digital solution that addresses a healthcare problem. The video will last 10 min. Students will be assessed on their ability to justify a potential digital solution to an actual healthcare problem. Students will have to demonstrate an understanding of the opportunities but also challenges of the proposed solution (e.g. institutional constraints, ethics, etc.).


If this unit has a Resource List, you will normally find a link to it in the Blackboard area for the unit. Sometimes there will be a separate link for each weekly topic.

If you are unable to access a list through Blackboard, you can also find it via the Resource Lists homepage. Search for the list by the unit name or code (e.g. EFIMM0088).

How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.