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Electronic Health Records Systems


This module explores key concepts of the design and operation of electronic healthcare records (EHRs) across the healthcare enterprise, including standards and regulatory issues. The module covers the subjects of data quality in EHRs and the link with other systems. It will equip students to understand the semantically-rich capture of data in support of clinical decision-making; EHR storage and sharing; EHR standardization; barriers and facilitators to the adoption of EHR including within the context of data protection issues. Some specific aims include:

  • Understanding some of the common methods used in health informatics, and factors that determine their selection.
  • Critical review of health information systems.
  • Understanding ways to harness computerized data for clinical decision making


This module will equip students with a comprehensive understanding of the design, operation and current application of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) in all levels of healthcare, while providing an appreciation of how EHRs can bridge clinical care and research.

Upon completion of the module students will be able to:

  1. Critically understand the integrated view of patient data, through the use of Electronic Health Records.
  2. Synthesize critical knowledge the main functional components of EHR systems.
  3. Articulate clear understanding of ways to identify the functions of EHR systems within primary, acute and secondary healthcare settings.
  4. Systematically identify relevant EHR interoperability standards and associated implementation practice.
  5. Analyse the barriers and opportunities of EHR systems, and appreciate EHR associated risks.
  6. Critically appreciate the processes that relate the integration of EHR systems in the design of healthcare operations.


  1. Electronic Health Records and patient data integration for clinical care
  2. Clinical coding in the context of EHR implementation.
  3. Design and implementation of functional components of EHR systems.
  4. Syntactic and Semantic Interoperability for EHRs for integrated care.
  5. Principles of information governance for Electronic Health Records.
  6. Audit and Electronic Healthcare Records.
  7. Clinical Research and EHR systems.


40 hours contact (20 hours lectures, 6 hours seminars, 6 hours workshop & 8 hours computer-based practical class)


Single written assignment to be completed in two parts:

  • Part – 1 in the form of technical report, associated with computer-based exercise, of about 2000 words, worth 30%.
  • Part – 2 written assignment of about 4000 words, worth 70%.

This is a course module on MSc Healthcare Operational Management.

Please note: the details of this module are correct for the current year of study and may be subject to change for future years.