PHPS41040 Clin Info and Decision Support

Academic Year 2022/2023

A Clinical Information System (CIS) is a computer based system that is designed for collecting, storing, manipulating and making available clinical information important to the healthcare delivery process.

Clinical Information Systems may be limited in extent to a single area (e.g. laboratory systems, ECG management systems) or they may be more widespread and include virtually all aspects of clinical information (e.g. electronic medical records).

Clinical Information Systems provide a clinical data repository that stores clinical data such as the patient’s history of illness and the interactions with care providers. The repository encodes information capable of helping physicians decide about the patient’s condition, treatment options, and wellness activities as well as the status of decisions, actions undertaken and other relevant information that could help in performing those actions.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module the student will have a good understanding of the key clinical IT systems that encompass a modern digital hospital and their uses. They will be critically aware of the benefits and limitations of such systems, how adoption can be optimised and measured, as well as developing a capability in proposing and acquiring such systems in the wider health environment.

Indicative Module Content:

This module provides a comprehensive overview of clinical IT systems, how they form part of the overall fully electronic patient record, and an overview of how to acquire systems and measure progress. Topic to be covered include:
• Departmental Systems;
• National Clinical Systems (NIMIS, MedLIS, MN-CMS);
• EPR vs EHR vs PHR;
• “Single Vendor vs Best of Breed”;
• Integration and Interoperability of Systems;
• Opensource Solutions;
• eHealth Developments internationally;
• Clinical Adoption Models (e.g. HIMSS);
• Writing a Business Case for a System;
• Developing a Roadmap for Application Strategy;
• Benefits Realisation and System Optimisation;
• Reporting on Evaluation Studies in HI (STARE-HI guidelines)
• Clinical Decision Support Systems and integration into clinical care;
• “Alert Fatigue”

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Small Group




Field Trip/External Visits


Project Supervision


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
There will be between 30-40 direct contact hours, some specific site visits to see systems in operation, and self-directed learning. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: The student will be required to complete a Business Case for the acquisition and implementation of a selected clinical IT system. This will be presented to a group of assessors and graded. Unspecified n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% Yes


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Individual feedback will provided alongside provisional grades within 30 working days of submission on Brightspace.