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Managing Your Health Data

How is your health data being used? Find out and discover tools and methods to improve how your health data is managed.

833 enrolled on this course

  • Duration

    3 weeks
  • Weekly study

    2 hours

Learn how to take control of your own health data

Social networks, health devices, mobile apps, websites about diesase - advances in technology have created huge amounts of biomedical data about us.

On this course you will explore how you can actively manage your own health data. You will learn what health data is and how it’s stored. You will discover tools you can use to understand and use your own health data. You will also consider the security, legal and ethical issues surrounding health data management. You should leave the course empowered to manage and make use of your own health data.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 15 seconds Daniel has just been diagnosed with diabetes.

Skip to 0 minutes and 22 seconds She decides to search online for more information about the condition.

Skip to 0 minutes and 28 seconds She finds lots of clinical information online including her own health data which has been stored digitally.

Skip to 0 minutes and 37 seconds It’s hard to know where to start can she trust the information she finds.

Skip to 0 minutes and 45 seconds Does it sounds familiar?

Skip to 0 minutes and 48 seconds You want to know more about health data than this Course on managing your health data is just for you. The next three weeks will provide you with an overview of our hospitals manage our health data. You can manage your own health data.

Skip to 1 minute and 6 seconds How do you know which clinical online resources are trustworthy.

Skip to 1 minute and 13 seconds Finally the advantages and disadvantages to managing your own health data.

What topics will you cover?

  • Week 1 – Overview of health data
  • Week 2 – Devices, Apps and websites with health information
  • Week 3 – Self-management of health data: Does it really work?

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Describe what health data is
  • Explore information resources used in medical care and health research
  • Develop a Personal Health Record
  • Compare different trustworthy and verified resources of clinical information
  • Explore tools and applications for clinical data management
  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of Hospital Health Data Management
  • Produce clinical data using wearable or health monitoring devices

Who is the course for?

This course is for anyone interested in improving how their health data is managed. You need basic computer skills but no previous experience of the subject.

Who will you learn with?

Associate Prof. at Artificial Intelligence Department UPM. With a large experience in biomedical data management, I am interested in innovative data-driven models to improve the healthcare ecosystem.

PhD and teaching assistant at the UPM, research member of Biomedical Informatics Group. My main research interests are focused on biomedical informatics, medical vocabularies and clinical models.

PhD in Computer Science from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. Researcher for the last 14 years in health data integration and image processing. Professor at UPM Computer Science since 2010.

I am a chartered engineer, and my research interests are centred on digital health and its application to global public health challenges.

Who developed the course?


The European Institute of Innovation and Technology is a unique EU body boosting Europe’s ability to innovate, creating pan-European partnerships to find innovative solutions to global challenges.

Learning on FutureLearn

Your learning, your rules

  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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