Assessment in Healthcare Computing

Mestrado em Informática na Saúde (pós-laboral), Publication in the Diário da República - Despacho 23/08/2011

6 ECTS; 1º Ano, 2º Semestre, 24,0 T + 16,0 PL + 8,0 TP + 12,0 OT



The main objectives are:
1 - Transmit the concept, necessity and difficulties of evaluation in health IS;
2 - To publicize the methodologies and evaluation models in HI;
3 - Describe different types of studies, their applications and limitations;
4 - Transmit the steps for development, adaptation and evaluation of a measuring instrument;
5 - Teaching to develop draft evaluation.
Skills to be acquired:
? Understand the need and difficulties of evaluation of health IS;
? Know how to select what to evaluate and know the different models in HI;
? Understand the basic concepts of evaluation methodology;
? Know and apply various types of studies;
? Know and implement/adapt and evaluate a measuring instrument;
? Know how to prepare proposals to study and understand the planning process;
? Know how to prepare and communicate the results of an assessment in HI;
? Experience in critical appraisal of evaluation studies in HI

The need to evaluate
? Objectives, principles, perspectives, benefits and costs
The scientific method;
Levels of evidence and grades of recommendation;
Development and evaluation models applicable to Health Informatics (HI)
? Assessment types
? Complex interventions design and evaluation
? Project development in HI
? Stages of evaluation in HI
? Types of studies and methodologies in HI
Identify what to evaluate and formulate the questions;
Development of measuring instruments;
Demonstration studies
? Studies of description, association and comparison
? Quasi-experimental and experimental drawings
Evaluation studies of diagnostic technologies;
Cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness;
Planning studies - operational aspects;
Data analysis planning;
Ethics in evaluation of information technology in health
? Framework
? Ethical issues in addition to information security
? Adequacy and standards
? Practical aspects

Evaluation Methodology
The evaluation method consists of making a written test and presentation of a theme related to the syllabus of the course, where both components have a weight rating of 50% of the final grade. The student should, to be approved, obtain a final grade, averaged from the two components, equal to or greater than 9.5.

- Shortliffe, E. e Cimino, J. (2014). Biomedical Informatics: Computer Applications in Health Care and Biomedicine. (Vol. 1). (pp. 1--). New York: Springer
- Friedman, C. e Wyatt, J. (2006). Evaluation Methods in Medical Informatics. (Vol. 1). (pp. 1--). New York: Springer

Method of interaction
Considering the objectives of the course Assessment in Health Informatics the method of teaching practice is the oral exposition of the syllabus provided (lectures), the presentation and discussion of topics related to them (theoretical-practical classes) and the development of practical work (practical classes). Are also provided tutorial orientation sessions, and still used the IPT e-learning platform as a tool for disseminating information, answering questions, posting handouts, exercise sheets and other study material.

Software used in class