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Digital Health Ecosystems DIGH 7100

Digital Health Course

International Fees

International fees are typically three times the amount of domestic fees. Exact cost will be calculated upon completion of registration.

Course details

This course focuses on health information system design and evaluation. It introduces health terminology standards, data flows, policy-informed use and usability standards, clinical standards, and best-practice guidelines. The course explores integration and use of computing technologies and biomedical solutions as key enablers to health information system and electronic health record (EHR) access. The course examines key approaches and methods to incorporate the user's perspective in the design and evaluation of health information systems. It explores the similarities, differences, and dependencies of health information systems and data flow within and across organizations and domains (e.g., health-care delivery, public health, personal health, population health). Students learn how the components of a typical enterprise information system function and connect. These components include data storage, applications, networking and communication, as well as user interaction, authorization, roles, and scope. The course introduces the principles of systems thinking and multi-disciplinary approaches and strategies for navigating the unintended consequences of system interventions/implementations. Students examine the system-development lifecycle from the perspective of an EHR company (software engineering, management, support), and from a health system's perspective (implementation, integration, optimization, support). Learners compare and contrast health-care terminology standards and references (e.g., ICD10, LOINC, SNOMED CT, RxNorm) and explore how data-exchange standards and architectural components facilitate system interoperability. The course also explores information system failure modes and mitigation strategies for scheduled and unscheduled system downtime. Also discussed are the health-care ecosystem and the implications to the organization for connecting medical devices into the health information system, both internal (monitors, ventilators, smart pumps) and external (remote patient monitoring, patient-generated data). The course examines data security standards and safeguards, security threat assessment methods and mitigation strategies, and access control. Students also explore key aspects of data governance and standards to build a safer and more secure digital infrastructure founded on quality, trust, and ethical practice.​




Domestic fees


Course offerings

Winter 2024

Below is one offering of DIGH 7100 for the Winter 2024 term.

CRN 91579


Wed Jan 03 - Fri Mar 22 (12 weeks)

  • 12 weeks
  • CRN 91579
  • Domestic fees $925.57
    International fees are typically three times the amount of domestic fees.
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 03 - Mar 22 N/A N/A Online

Corinne Tillyer

Course outline


Domestic fees


Important information
  1. Internet delivery format.
  2. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.
  3. International fees are typically three times the amount of domestic fees. Exact cost will be calculated upon completion of registration.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Describe the function of each component in a typical enterprise information system and how the components are connected.
  • Describe key approaches and methods employed in the design and evaluation of health information systems from the perspectives of the end-user and the organization.
  • Identify theories and methods related to the implementation, adoption, and effective use of health information systems.
  • Describe the flow of data, information, and knowledge within and across health ecosystems and best practices for clinical communication.
  • Analyze how health information systems impact workflow and communication within a team and how to identify and anticipate unintended consequences.
  • Identify key regulatory, policy, and economics frameworks in health-care delivery and financing.
  • Describe how health information systems support users of multiple roles in the health-care team, and how each role defines the user's authorization and scope of practice.
  • Identify the components of interoperability architecture and health information standards.
  • Identify security threats and mitigation strategies in health information systems.
  • Describe key aspects of data governance and necessary standards to build a safer and more secure digital infrastructure founded on quality, trust, and ethical practice.
  • Describe the process of testing, implementing, and evaluating an information system for the health-care organization and the various players and roles in such a project.
  • Outline the project-management considerations and change-leadership implications for successful implementation of a health information system.​

Effective as of Spring/Summer 2023

Related Programs

Digital Health Ecosystems (DIGH 7100) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Health Sciences

  1. Digital Health
    Advanced Certificate Part-time


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