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HS2067 - Health Information Management

Credit points: 3
Year: 2014
Student Contribution Band: Band
Administered by: School of Nursing, Midwifery & Nutrition (pre 2015)

This subject is designed to provide students with an overview of the professional responsibilities associated with the collection, storage, analysis and distribution of patient records and health information. Students will become aware of the importance of patient records and health information, and understand the impact on those stakeholders that use patient data for clinical and management decision-making. Students will be able to explain the coding systems, processes and the elements that make up healthcare activity reporting eg ICD, DRGs and explain the traditional and changing management of patient information in an electronic health record environment. Students will also gain insight into the impact of privacy and security, within a traditional paper-based and an electronic environment, and explain the management responsibilities to protect patient identification information. On completion of this subject the student should have a solid knowledge of the elements of health record management and the related processes and services within a healthcare service, and apply this knowledge when designing solutions and evaluating issues in their future professional interactions.

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the paper based health record and identify its uses and users, major content area, controls, procedure and policy and documentation requirements;
  • Explain the importance of clinical and activity data in classification systems and activity reporting;
  • Recognise appropriate methods for ensuring security and confidentiality of data and health records within a health unit;
  • Appreciate the transition from paper to electronic based records and the impact on users, data, the Health Information Service and the record itself.


Townsville, Limited, Study Period 7
Census Date 10-Jul-2014
Face to face teaching (Two week intensive Mon 7 July to Friday 18 July 2014)
Coordinator: <Person not found>
Lecturers: Dr Murray Prideaux, Dr Kristin Wicking, Professor Lee Stewart, Dr Janelle Rose, Dr Irmgard Bauer.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 34 hours tutorials
Assessment: end of semester exam (45%); presentations (20%); essays (25%); 2 applications 500 word comparative analysis - (10%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.