Telemedicine and e-Health Systems

Mestrado em Informática na Saúde (pós-laboral)
6 ECTS; 1º Ano, 2º Semestre, 32,0 T + 16,0 TP + 12,0 OT



The objectives are:
1 - Transmit key concepts and definitions of telemedicine and e-health;
2 - Transmit the knowledge needed to analyze the cost benefits of telemedicine systems;
3 - Transmit knowledge necessary for analysis and definition of requirements for support of telemedicine and e-health;
4 - To publicize the existing telemedicine systems and their evolution;
5 - To inform and sensitize students to ethical and safety in the use of telecommunications systems in healthcare.
Skills to be acquired:
? Know and apply the concepts and definitions of telemedicine systems;
? Understand current systems and applications, capabilities, benefits and limitations;
? Understand trends in the area and the ability to act on behalf of improving the delivery of healthcare;
? Identify and be able to warn of the constraints of e-health practice.

What is telemedicine
? Introduction and definitions
? Costs and benefits
? Standards used;
Telecommunications in care
? Communication systems
- Internet
- System requirements
- Protocols;
Telemedicine applications
? Medical fields and conditions
? Current applications;
Evolution from telemedicine to e-health;
Examples of clinical applications and their benefits;
Problems associated with e-health
? Privacy and confidentiality
? Security and data integrity
? Legal and ethical aspects
? Poor practice and risk management

Evaluation Methodology
The evaluation method consists of making a written test, with a weight of 60% of the final classifications, and the presentation of a work, with a weight of 40% of the final classification. To obtain approval for the course the student must achieve a final grade, averaged from the two components of assessment, equal to or greater than 9.5.

- Cary, M. e Darkins, A. (2000). Telemedicine and Telehealth: Principles, Policies, Performance and Pitfalls. (Vol. 1). (pp. 1--). USA: Springer Publishing Company
- Allen, A. e Whitten, P. e Maheu, M. (2001). E-Health, Telehealth, and Telemedicine: A Guide to Startup and Success. (Vol. 1). (pp. 1--). USA: Jossey-Bass

Method of interaction
The teaching method to practice is the oral presentation of the syllabus provided (lectures) and the presentation and discussion of topics related to them (theoretical-practical classes). Are also provided tutorial orientation sessions and used the IPT e-learning platform as a tool for disseminating information, answering questions, posting handouts, exercise sheets and other materials.

Software used in class