Information in the Healthcare Setting - an overview of the role of information in the healthcare process considering where, why and how it is generated, moved, abstracted, processed, shared, used and re-used. Once information is held in electronic forms, it can be accessed and manipulated in ways that are too onerous to undertake with paper-based information, and can therefore serve many functions that were in a paper-based environment quite simply impracticable. This unit addresses these fundamental issues of the similarities and differences between electronic and paper-based information. It also addresses the vital issue of trust, and whether data on the web (or elsewhere) can be trusted. This course has no pre-requisite requirements.
Learning Objectives - on completion of this study module, including all the associated eLinks, the student should be able to demonstrate Knowledge and Understanding of the following topics and issues:
- The origins and nature of data, information, knowledge, understanding and wisdom
- The practical steps involved in gathering, recording, storing, managing, retrieving, disclosing and destroying
- The historical perspective on how knowledge and information has been recorded and disseminated through history
- Creation and management of paper-based medical records
- Reporting and re-using data stored in paper-based medical records
- Access to information resources in the public domain, including text and multimedia, printed and electronic, and particular relating to biomedicine and health
- Information and trust; identifying information resources on the Internet that are reliable.