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Digital Health Transformation, MSc

Course Details

Duration: 18 Months

Award: Postgraduate

Faculty: Science and Engineering

Course Type: Taught

Application Deadline: Thursday, October 1, 2020

Contact(s):

Name:
Annette McElligott
Email:
annette.mcelligott@ul.ie
Tel:
+353-61-202724
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Brief Description

Implementing large-scale change involving digital health technologies requires an organisation to prepare leaders who

  • are flexible, highly adaptable and motivated by outcomes that realise benefits
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  • have the capacity to build patient-centred models of care, engaging with stakeholders to realise the benefits of digital technologies in health and social care to empower patients and enhance their experiences
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  • can effectively and consistently engage with patients and staff, bridging cultural differences and managing varying attitudes to change
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  • would be capable of directing the planning and deployment of resources in a digital transformation project
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  • can build a business case for cooperating with process improvements and emerging digital technologies to facilitate information sharing in a more integrated care environment to improve clinical development and clinical outcomes
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  • appreciate the need to capture and disseminate lessons from implementation and deployment of digital technologies

Implementing large-scale change involving digital health technologies requires an organisation to prepare leaders who:

  • are flexible, highly adaptable and motivated by outcomes that realise benefits
  • have the capacity to build patient-centred models of care, engaging with stakeholders to realise the benefits of digital technologies in health and social care to empower patients and enhance their experiences
  • can effectively and consistently engage with patients and staff, bridging cultural differences and managing varying attitudes to change
  • would be capable of directing the planning and deployment of resources in a digital transformation project
  • can build a business case for cooperating with process improvements and emerging digital technologies to facilitate information sharing in a more integrated care environment to improve clinical development and clinical outcomes
  • appreciate the need to capture and disseminate lessons from implementation and deployment of digital technologies

Could this be you?  If so, you may wish to apply for the MSc. in Digital Health Transformation.
 

Aims

Taking cognisance of the social, legal, ethical and technical issues and ensuring compliance with the standards and regulations governing systems in the healthcare domain, this course aims to develop digital health transformation agents with the skills, knowledge and abilities to: 

  • explore healthcare ecosystem developments, engaging patients, providers, payers, policy makers, pharmacies and pharmaceuticals (6Ps) to facilitate collaboration and knowledge sharing to realise the value potential of these innovative partnerships; and
  • lead core, adjacent and transformational innovations in a healthcare environment, taking a disciplined approach to advancing their understanding of exponential technologies (such as mobility, genomics, imaging and analytics) in order to realise the transformative power of digital disruptions

 

Programme Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, graduates will have the skills, knowledge and abilities to:

  • Understand the dimensions of a patient-centric health ecosystem in order to identify innovation potential.
  • Assess the potential of exponential technologies and digital services to facilitate collaboration and the sharing of information and knowledge to realise the benefits of an integrated care environment.
  • Determine how the healthcare industry can best leverage digital technologies to improve clinical development and clinical outcomes having considered information governance challenges.
  • Understand and apply the fundamental principles and key concepts of developing and managing an innovation culture in a healthcare context.
  • Anticipate and plan for the acceptance and diffusion of transformational innovations among patient groups and healthcare employees.
  • Conduct data collection and analysis to inform the development of healthcare innovations.
  • Utilise user-centred design principles and methods in the development of innovative digital services.
  • Report on economic evaluations of health technologies.
  • Adopt rigorous evaluation methods to identify potential opportunities for incorporating exponential technologies in healthcare.
  • Understand the need for organisations to be agile in adjusting strategies as innovations 

This programme will run over 18 months.  Taught modules are delivered over two semesters.  In addition, participants undertake a substantial digital health transformation project.

Programme Delivery

This programme is delivered using a blended learning approach.  For the taught element, in each semester participants will attend a residential block of one week and five in-house blocks.  Each in-house block comprises a consecutive Friday and Saturday.  Residential blocks will take place at the University of Limerick while the locations of in-house blocks will rotate among the participating institutions.   

Semester 1 Modules (30 ECTS credits) Semester 2 Modules (30 ECTS credits)
  • Introduction to Digital Health Transformation
  • eHealth Systems, Standards, and Digital Services
  • Health Information Modelling and Governance
  • Digital Health Research Design
  • Health Service Digital Transformation
  • Digital Health and Wellbeing in the Community
  • Digital Health Change Management
  • Clinical Decision Making and Knowledge Discovery    
  • Data Science and Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare

Plus one elective from
 

  • Medical Devices
  • Medical Diagnostics
  • Digital Health and Clinical Trials
Digital Health Transformation Project (30 ECTS credits)
Through the medium of undertaking a substantial project, members of each group will integrate and apply their previous learning to develop and deploy a digital transformation solution or capability which will have a significant positive impact for the Irish Health System.  
The project definition phase will be undertaken between Semesters 1 and 2 while the transformation phase will commence at the start of Semester 2 and extend just over five months beyond Semester 2.

 

  • A healthcare administrator, healthcare manager or healthcare professional who holds a primary undergraduate degree (NFQ, 2.2 honours or higher)

Or

  • An applicant who holds a primary undergraduate degree (2.2 honours or higher) in a health sciences discipline

Or

  • An information technology specialist who holds a primary undergraduate degree (2.2 honours or higher) with experience of working in a healthcare setting.

Or

  • An applicant with at least five years work experience in a healthcare related industry who can satisfy the course admission team that they have the ability to complete and benefit from this course. 

Applicants may be required to undertake an interview.

Notes to Applicants:

  • With your application please submit two paragraphs on an idea of yours for a digital health transformation project.
  • Also, please submit with your application a letter from your line manager in support of your attendance on this programme.