Naziv kolegija Medical Informatics
Šifra kolegija 4205
ECTS 1.0
Status Obavezni kolegij
Izvedba nastave P8/S6/PK16
Izvođači kolegija doc. dr. sc. Kristina Fišter, Voditelj predmeta
Pero Hrabač, dr. med., Nastavnik
Danko Relić, dr. med., Nastavnik
Studij Medicina (na engleskom jeziku)
Opće napomene o predmetu i organizaciji nastave

a. Students should familiarize with the concept and tasks of medical informatics, an interdisciplinary discipline dealing with theory and practice of information in medicine, health care and research. In parallel with these aim, students should acquaint themselves with data handling (preparing/collecting/coding/classifying etc.) – data relevant for health care practice and research,

b. Students should understand the necessity of standardization in medicine/health care, data security/data protection/data privacy and ethics in health/medical/personal information handling,

c. Students should be able to identify data/information flows in health care systems. Also, they need to understand the importance of information support in making decisions in medicine and health care,

d. Making an insight into existing ICT applications (information and communication technology based systems) students should learn how to assess appropriateness of an ICT application in health care system as well as evaluate eHealth and mHealth applications.

e. Being able to find information using Internet, students should assess its reliability of webpages of health institutions as well as those aimed for patients. They should be able to extract relevant information for presentation of a health institution/intervention/program to both health professionals, patients and general public.

f. National, European and international documents regarding health care, cross-border care, mHealth etc. (e.g. EC directive on protection of personal data, EC directive on the application of patients’ rights in cross-border healthcare etc.) should be understood, particularly their information aspects. 

Plan i satnica


L1 – Medical informatics and its role in medicine, health care and research (1h)

L2 – Terminology in medical informatics; classification and coding schemes; examples of classification systems in health care (1h)

L3 – Structure and organization of data in medicine and health care; electronic health record (2h)

L4 – Data flow and information in medicine and health care (1h)

L5 – Standardization and medical classifications (1h)

L6 – Health information systems, decision support systems, telemedicine and system and application evaluation (2h)


S1 – Evaluation of ICT based information systems in medicine and health care including eHealth and mHealth applications (2h)

S2 – Information aspects of European and national laws and directives – implementation and examples of information usage (2h)

S3 – Examples of applications of ICT from the literature, discussion of the potential and limitations of the application of advanced technologies (2h)


P1 – Health data description/preparation for ICT use, introduction to databases (3h)

P2 – Creating and using databases (4h)

P3 – Software support for general practice (GP information system) - evaluation of application from user’s view (3h)

P4 – Decision support in health care – data mining and knowledge discovery (2h)

P5 – Advanced information retrieval on Internet; e-journals and e-publications (2h)

P6 – Web based information – creating a web page for a health institution (2h)

Seminars and practicals will take place in Computer classrooms P and P1 at the Andrija Štampar School of Public Health, Rockefeller St. 4 (computer lab in the basement)

Provjera znanja

Types of examination and examination dates

Continuing examination: after each of practices (without grade, but success or fail only) – all the practices should be graded as success.

Written exam: 30 multiple choice questions, 60 minutes,

Final examination: Oral exam

How to evaluate the written exam: Right answer: 1 point (per question) - max 30 points Getting bonus for written examination: possible, depending on student’s activities during the seminars (1-2 points could be added to final written exam – exclusive lecturer’s power of decision).

Final grade takes both grades into account (written and oral exam grade).

Written exam  will be held on 26th January 2018 (regular term)

Additionalal terms willl be in July and September  2017, if necessary.

Nastavno štivo

A . O b l i g a t o r y

1. Medical Informatics (compiled by J.Kern, K.Fišter, J.Božikov). (http://lms.mef.hr )

2. Selected papers from the medical informatics journals (papers)

3. Handouts for practicals (http://lms.mef.hr)

B . Recommended readings

1. Hoyt R, Sutton M, Yoshihashi A. Medical Informatics: Practical Guide for the Healthcare Professional 2007. Lulu.com 2007. (book)

2. Kern J: Standardization in Health and Medical Informatics. In: Lazakidou AA (Ed). Handbook of Research on Informatics in healthcare and Biomedicine. Hershey – London – Melbourne – Singapore: Idea Group Inc. 2006. pp. 44-50. (book chapter)

3. Kern J. Croatian Experience in Health Information System Development – what we have and what we need? AIM 2010;18(3):147-150. (paper)

4. Kern J, Fišter K, Polašek O. Active Patient Role in Recording Health Data. In: Mehdi KhosrowPour M (Ed). Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology (Second Edition). Hershey – New York: Information Science Reference 2009. pp. 14-19. (book chapter)

5 . Taylor P. From patient data to medical knowledge: the principles and practice of health informatics. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing Ltd 2007. (Optional).

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