Tailoring Medicine and Telemedicine

Course code:
Period 2
Language of tuition:
Faculty of Science
dr. ir. N.P. Moens
dr. ir. N.P. Moens
dr. ir. N.P. Moens
drs. D.H.J. Lynch
Teaching method(s):
Study Group, Lecture, Computer lab, Seminar

Course objective

• Gain insight in important developments in health care in which new
information and communication technology developments (including
multimedia) play a role and be able to reason on how this might affect
the health system.
• Acquire theoretical and practical insight on how to design information
and communication technology applications in health care.
• Gain insights into the opportunities and pitfalls of information and
communication technology in making health care more effective. Be able
to map the main advantages and disadvantages benefits for the different
type of stakeholders involved. Understand the basic principles of change
management involved for implementing a new technology like ICT in
• Learn how to analyse communicative aspects of emerging technologies
related to ICT in health.

• Learn how to apply the generic approach of Participatory eHealth
Development to develop new ICT based innovations in health.
• Learn how to develop a business case and a business plan for a novel
eHealth application and to use software to support the innovation
• Learn how to analyse communicative aspects of an emerging technology
like ICT in health.
• Acquire skills in the facilitation of group discussions

Course content

National health systems face great difficulties in providing adequate
care for an affordable price. New solutions are being investigated to
speed up these processes and to make them more affordable. A promising
development is the combined use of hitherto separated sources of
information, such as modalities in imaging diagnostics, continuous
physiological monitoring, and audio and video monitoring. Each modality
presents its own problems, but combined together (multimedia), analysis
of all this data can enable fast discoveries in life sciences and lead
to novel health care interventions. Another promising field is
telemedicine, enabling e.g. the Heart Institute of the Caribbean to
build upon the expertise of renowned heart surgeons in Switzerland, at
only a marginal cost. Patient empowerment is another major development
in health care. Better communication and decision support allow the
patient to take responsibility for a part of the care process. These
different developments enabled by ICT have an impact on the provision
and organization of health care and allow to tailor medicine and health
care in general, to the needs of the individual patient.

Incorporating information and communication technology in health care,
requires changes in the way of working, new business models and new ways
of collaboration. But how do you get these different actors to work
together and share their data? How to assist health care professionals
in changing over paradigms and business processes? How can we make sure
that financial interests do not interfere with patient care? How do we
combine all data and ensure privacy? Last, but not least, we discuss the
impact of multimedia on communicating scientific findings to different
publics. To what extent may the combined use of for example video clips
and interactive websites improve the effectiveness of health promotion

In teams of four students, you will study how multimedia applications in
health care change expert – patient/user interaction and communication.
To this end you will learn how to use different participatory design
methodologies in order to develop ICT applications in health care.

Form of tuition

Lectures, assignment, self study

Total contact hours: 54
Lectures: 28
Working groups (staff available)/Training: 26

Type of assessment

Written exam and group assignment. Both parts need to be passed.

Course reading

Reader: N. Moens, Introduction in ICT enabled innovation in health care
with emphasis on telemedicine, 2013.

L. Burke and B. Weill, Information Technology for the Health
Professions, 3rd edition, 2009, Prentice Hall.

Raad voor de Volksgezondheid, Health 2.0, It’s up to you!, Ministry of
Health, Welfare and Sport, The Hague, 2010

M. Berg, J.Aarts and J. van der Lei, ICT in Health Care: Sociotechnical
Approaches, Methods Inf Med 2003; 42: 297-301

Target audience

Course for students within the minor Biomedical and health


Guest lecturers:
Drs L. Greoenewegen VUMC
Prof. Dr. P. Kenemans, Gynecology , VU Amsterdam
Dr. J. van der Heijden, Manager Development and Research at Ksyos
Telemedical Centre
Ir. Bram van de Groep, Business Development Manager at Vital Health

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