Module Identifier DSM9410  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Dr Christine J Urquhart  
Semester Available all semesters  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment report in two partsof between 1,000 to 1,500 words each  100%

Learning outcomes

After studying this module you should be able to:

Brief description

Health information management deals with a very broad view of the word ''information''. If one takes the ''value-added'' framework for definitions of data, information and knowledge (Taylor, 1986), then it is relatively easy to visualise how the monitoring measurements, say blood glucose measurements for diabetic patients, start out as data. One of the difficulties of preparing this module is the rate of change in healthcare information. Biomedical research as practised in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries is competitive, fast moving and the growth in ''bio-informatics'' is very rapid. Pharmaceutical company information services have to be very innovative as good quality information, delivered speedily, is vital to a company''s success. There is a need for good quality information services and information products for health and biomedical researchers, health professionals and consumers of healthcare. Any information professional working in healthcare copes with the effect of national and organisational policy changes in health care organisations, the ethical aspects of health information provision, and the pressures of providing innovative services on a limited budget. The work is challenging, but many information professionals think health care is a very rewarding and enjoyable area of information management.

Reading Lists

** Essential Reading
Gray, J.A. Muir (1997) Evidence-based healthcare: how to make health policy and management decisions Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone
Klein, R (1995) The new politics of the NHS 3rd. London: Longman
Spurgeon, P (1993) The new face of the NHS Harlow: Longman
Additional reference to a number of sources is made at each unit


This module is at CQFW Level 7