Online Microcredential in Healthcare & Medicine

Fundamentals of Digital Health in Hospitals

Develop your capabilities in digital health implementation and hospital administration.

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Deakin UniversityDeakin University

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Implement digital healthcare systems to enhance your management capabilities

Expand your understanding of the potential for transformative impact of digital health on hospital administration and build your capacity to improve hospital digital information systems and technology solutions from a non-technical perspective.

In this microcredential, using real examples and interviews with industry experts, we will investigate the hospital digital health landscape and assess digital technologies and solutions.

We will critically explore concerns with digital health approaches, and consider implications of digital technologies for hospital administrators.

This microcredential is a pathway for Deakin’s MBA (Healthcare Management) and a number of other healthcare degrees. The microcredential includes three (3) assessment tasks including two case study analyses and a research report. Successful completion offers credit towards a qualification at postgraduate level.

Deakin University UK credit modules ECTS* US Credit
1 credit 15 credits 7.5 credits 4 hrs

*European Credit Transfer System

This microcredential meets the standards set by the Common Microcredential Framework.

This course is designed and delivered by Deakin’s School of Medicine.

Deakin’s School of Medicine is proud of its work-ready graduates who are able to respond to today’s challenges in clinical practice and management.

Our expert team of industry-based consultants and academic practitioners collaborate and leverage their global network to design and deliver this microcredential. The team will guide and share highly valuable insights enabling you to absorb knowledge and integrate it in practice as an effective administrator in the digital age.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 4 seconds Like the transition from horse and carriage to horseless carriages, our thinking about hospital information is steeped in paper-based information gathering, storage, and access not in digital data. Why is that?

Skip to 0 minutes and 24 seconds I’m Associate Professor Paul Cooper. I have a background in medical research and health informatics. And my particular interest is in the organisational requirements around digital transformation. A case in point is the use of fax machines which was widespread in hospitals and specialist clinics long after most other sectors had moved fully digital. Partly, it’s about the inertia of past practises. So what are the transformational digital technologies? How can they be applied in hospitals in practical ways that take us past some of this inertia?

What skills will you learn?

  • Managing Hospital Stakeholders
  • Digital Health Implementation
  • Hospital Administration
  • Healthcare automation
  • Problem solving
  • Critical thinking
  • Healthcare leadership
  • AI implementation

What you will achieve

By the end of the microcredential, you’ll be able to...

  • Apply digital health principles, concepts and theories to investigate the relevance and problems of digital health in hospital contexts.
  • Critically analyse the fundamentals of digital based hospital information systems.
  • Critically evaluate the key benefits and challenges of implementing digital health information systems, emerging technology trends and solutions in hospital contexts.
  • Examine the principles of co-design in digital based hospital information systems.

Are you eligible for this microcredential?

For this microcredential students will require English proficiency and the academic capacity to complete the required assessments.

Professional experience in healthcare and administration is ideal, and for entry into a pathway degree course at Deakin students will need to prove English language skills at IELTS 6.5 or above and meet entry requirements as well any residency requirements for on-campus enrolments.

Is this microcredential right for you?

This microcredential is designed for current and aspiring health administrators. Gain a deep understanding of digital health principles, concepts and theories and examine how to improve services in hospital settings by adopting and implementing digital health.

Senior nursing staff, medical doctors, allied health professionals, aged care professionals, hospital admins, and healthcare policy officers would all benefit from this course.

This microcredential will impart essential hospital management competencies for a number of professions.


What happens before, during, and after your microcredential

  • Before learning

    You will have access to our online welcome area where you’ll be able to start conversations with fellow learners and read any announcements or additional information relating to your microcredential including assessment details.

  • Course 1

    From 9 Nov 2020

    Digital health building blocks

    Explore the hospital digital health landscape, the characteristics and use of digital data.

    2 weeks

    10 hours per week

    • Week 1

      Why hospital digital health?
      • Getting started
      • Hospital digital health landscape
      • Digital health analysis
      • Weekly wrap
    • Week 2

      Actionable knowledge
      • Data concepts
      • Creating knowledge
      • Hospital data
      • Wrap up Course 1
  • Course 2

    From 23 Nov 2020

    Patient Information Management

    Examine challenges of integrated hospital digital health systems and future trends including the shift to agile digital systems.

    2 weeks

    10 hours per week

    • Week 1

      The power of digital information
      • Let’s get started
      • Foundations of digital record keeping
      • National digital health records
      • Digital information - global perspective
    • Week 2

      Electronic patient data
      • Who wins and who loses?
      • Privacy, confidentiality and security in record keeping
      • Digital safety and quality
      • Overcoming record keeping challenges
      • Wrap up Course 2
      • Submit Assessment Task One
  • Course 3

    From 7 Dec 2020

    Technologies for Hospital Digital Health

    Explore infrastructure and the benefits and challenges of emerging technologies in hospital contexts.

    2 weeks

    10 hours per week

    • Week 1

      Infrastructure for digital health
      • Enabling digital health
      • Fundamentals of healthcare infrastructure
      • Capabilities for digital hospitals
      • Weekly wrap up
    • Week 2

      Emerging technologies
      • Health technologies gap analysis
      • Advances and trends
      • Emerging consumer technologies
      • Emerging digital hospital technologies
      • Wrap up Course 3
      • Submit your Assessment Task 2
  • Course 4

    From 21 Dec 2020

    Critical Success Factors

    Analyse key stakeholders and success factors for digital hospital implementation and adoption.

    2 weeks

    10 hours per week

    • Week 1

      Digital health stakeholders
      • Understanding stakeholders
      • Designing with stakeholders
      • Governance for stakeholders
      • Weekly wrap up
      • Submit Phase One Assessment Task 3
    • Week 2

      Successful implementation
      • Prepare for digital success
      • Workflows for digital hospitals
      • Change management for digital health
      • Course wrap up
  • Course 5

    From 18 Jan 2021

    Re-inventing Hospital Administration

    Critically reflect on hospital digital health, evolving work practices, skills and roles.

    2 weeks

    10 hours per week

    • Week 1

      Hospitals in transition
      • Hospital work practices
      • Digital impacts on hospital work
      • Patient engagement impacts
      • Weekly wrap
    • Week 2

      Hospital administration in a digital age
      • Review your learning
      • Plan your future
      • Course 5 wrap
      • Submit AT3 final report
  • After learning

    Upon successful completion of assessment tasks within this microcredential you will receive your certificate of completion from Deakin University which can be used as academic credit into postgraduate study.

What you will receive

1 Deakin postgraduate credit at Postgraduate level from Deakin University

The academic credit earned from this microcredential is equal to one unit of postgraduate study at Deakin.

1 Deakin credit = 15 UK credit modules = 4 US credit hours = 30 European Credit Transfer System

Find out how credits work and where you can use them in our FAQs.

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Deakin University is one of Australia’s largest universities with more than 61,000 students and over 15,000 online.

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    Melbourne, Australia
  • World ranking

    Top 280Source: QS World University Rankings 2021

Delivered by experts

A/Prof Paul Cooper specialises in health informatics in the School of Medicine at Deakin University. His goal is to help students learn how to make the most effective use of digital health

Lecturer, School of Medicine, Deakin University. Imran's research interests range from information systems, Health information systems to Electronic health records and he is a widely published scholar

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    1 Deakin credit = 15 UK credit modules = 4 US credit hours = 30 European Credit Transfer System

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