Tailoring Medicine and Telemedicine

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Tailoring Medicine and Telemedicine

  • Host University

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

  • Location

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Area of Study

    Health Administration, Health Science, Information Sciences

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

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  • Overview


    • Gain insight in important developments in health care in which new information and communication technology developments (including multimedia) play a role and be able to reason on how this might affect the health system.
    • Acquire theoretical and practical insight on how to design information and communication technology applications in health care.
    • Gain insights into the opportunities and pitfalls of information and communication technology in making health care more effective. Be able to map the main advantages and disadvantages benefits for the different type of stakeholders involved. Understand the basic principles of change management involved for implementing a new technology like ICT in health.
    • Learn how to analyse communicative aspects of emerging technologies related to ICT in health. Skills:
    • Learn how to apply the generic approach of Participatory eHealth Development to develop new ICT based innovations in health.
    • Learn how to develop a business case and a business plan for a novel eHealth application and to use software to support the innovation process.
    • Learn how to analyse communicative aspects of an emerging technology like ICT in health.
    • Acquire skills in the facilitation of group discussions

    National health systems face great difficulties in providing adequate care for an affordable price. New solutions are being investigated to speed up these processes and to make them more affordable. A promising development is the combined use of hitherto separated sources of information, such as modalities in imaging diagnostics, continuous physiological monitoring, and audio and video monitoring. Each modality presents its own problems, but combined together (multimedia), analysis of all this data can enable fast discoveries in life sciences and lead to novel health care interventions. Another promising field is telemedicine, enabling e.g. the Heart Institute of the Caribbean to build upon the expertise of renowned heart surgeons in Switzerland, at only a marginal cost. Patient empowerment is another major development in health care. Better communication and decision support allow the patient to take responsibility for a part of the care process. These different developments enabled by ICT have an impact on the provision and organization of health care and allow to tailor medicine and health care in general, to the needs of the individual patient

    Incorporating information and communication technology in health care, requires changes in the way of working, new business models and new ways of collaboration. But how do you get these different actors to work together and share their data? How to assist health care professionals in changing over paradigms and business processes? How can we make sure that financial interests do not interfere with patient care? How do we combine all data and ensure privacy? Last, but not least, we discuss the impact of multimedia on communicating scientific findings to different publics. To what extent may the combined use of for example video clips and interactive websites improve the effectiveness of health promotion programs?

    In teams of four students, you will study how multimedia applications in health care change expert – patient/user interaction and communication. To this end you will learn how to use different participatory design methodologies in order to develop ICT applications in health care.

    Lectures, assignment, self study

    Written exam and group assignment. Both parts need to be passed.

    Course for students within the minor Biomedical and health interventions

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