Brunel University trains future experts in telemedicine and eHealth systems

Uxbridge 05 April 2002Brunel University has set up a programme to become Master of Sciences in Telemedicine and eHealth Systems. The course is organised by the Faculty of Technology and Information Systems at the Department of Information Systems and Computing (DISC). It aims at providing health care organisations and industry with experts who understand the principles of design, selection, procurement, installation, management, maintenance, and evaluation of both telemedicine and eHealth systems. The course programme consists of eight subject modules and a dissertation project.

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The curriculum is particularly addressed to people working in relevant industry who wish to deepen their practical knowledge; clinicians wishing to increase their technical skills; newly qualified graduates entering the market sector of telemedicine; and people who intend to pursue a research career in telemedicine and eHealth. The course can be taken either as a full-time degree over one year or a part-time degree spread over two years.

The eight modules include:

  • Telemedicine and eHealth Fundamentals: providing a review of telemedicine modalities, such as store and forward, tele-clinics, teleradiology, remote procedures, medical education, and information systems; an introduction to applications and standards used in telemedicine; an overview of EPR, EHR, PACS, and standards; an introduction to terminology of finance and marketing, tendering and project costing; and a case study of the British National Health Service.
  • Telemedicine Technology and Standards: covering the technology involved in implementing telemedicine. In particular, this module discusses the characteristics of the different link and network technologies.
  • Telemedicine Applications: reviewing clinical disciplines and the applications and approaches needed to support them. Existing applications in various medical specialities are critically evaluated to determine lessons which can be learnt.
  • Clinical Perspectives, Ethics and Legislation: considering the perspective of the clinician and patient and the ethics of the use of telemedicine techniques, their role and their impact on the clinical process and relationship between doctor and patient.
  • Project Management and Personal Skills: introducing a range of formal methods and skills necessary to equip the student to function effectively at the higher levels of project management. The course addresses issues associated with project planning, costing, structured realisation, assessment of methodologies, manpower requirements, presentation skills, working in groups etc.
  • Organisation and Management of Telemedicine: providing an overview of the techniques and strategies used to implement telemedicine and eHealth. This includes consideration of the needs and roles of a multi-disciplinary team, provision of support, ergonomics, human factors, and personnel issues.
  • Telemedicine Devices: offering a review of devices and methods for remote diagnosis with consideration of image modality, standards, resolution, video and image compression, safety, and regulatory issues.
  • eHealth and Distributed Systems: considering the requirements of systems to support eHealth and telemedicine and offering an overview of protocols and standards for image storage, archiving and distribution.

Each of the course modules is supported by practical work in the form of laboratory assignments. The dissertation project topics will include areas of assessment of technology, market analysis, use of new communication technology, development of new services or systems, clinical impact, security, etc.

Completed application forms should reach the Admissions Secretary no later than August for the academic session starting late September of the year in which the course will be taken. For more information, you can e-mail to the Postgraduate Admissions Secretary of Brunel University.


Leslie Versweyveld

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