L7 Certificate in Health Data Analytics (L7 Certificate in Health Data Analytics)

Institute of Technology, Sligo (SG_SDATA_E07)
Key Programme Details
Award

Certificate

NFQ Level

Level 7 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Online

Mode

Part Time

ECTS Credits

40

Department

Science

General Information
Contact

Jean Gilligan

Email

gilligan.jean@itsligo.ie

Phone

071 9305835

Address

IT Sligo
Ash Lane
Sligo

Role

Online & Springboard Project Coordinator

Important Dates
Application Deadline

28/08/2020

Start Date

28/09/2020

End Date

28/05/2021

About this Course

Health information management technologists play a vital role in maintinaing medical information across sectors. Their role represents a continum of practice concerned with health-related information and management system to collect, store, process, retrieve, analyse, disseminate and communicate information related to research, planning, provision, financing and evaluating. The skills needed to deliver these tasks are limited in the current workforce and have been highlighted as priority areas in national strategic plans. There are currently limited opportunities for employees to engage with training modules that offer a comprehensive overview of the field of Health Informatics and Data Analysis.
With the rise in the use of technology, there is an ever-increasing interest in the healthcare sector to adopt Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the delivery of their services (such as infomration systems in personalized medicine, eHealth, telemedical and mHealth (mobile health) systems, etc.) in order to improve services to patients and address structural challenges in the health service. The role of medical and health information science in bridging the gaps between integrating IT systems across the healthcare sector and providing the necessary skills to implement, manage, audit and innovate within healthcare delivery systems has been highlighted as a pivotal buildig block in the implementation of Slaintecare as well as other HSE strategies including eHealth strategy and the Digital Transformation strategy.
The programme proposed intends to give participants the advanced applied skills to attain employment or provide rationale for career progression for those working in the sector and be responsible for maintaining, analysing and managing components of health information systems consistent with the medical, administrative, ethical, legal, accredited, and regulatory requirements of the healthcare delivery system. It will provide a Level 7 Certificate of Science qualification in Health Data Analytics affording an advanced level grounding in the applications of health data analytics.

Springboard participants also complete a module on Personal Effectiveness and Employability, which has been designed to complement this programme aiding participants to up skill personally and academically to progress their careers.

Objectives

In order to respond to this challenge, coordinated efforts to address skills development needs of the eHealth sector and the wider healthcare delivery model must be developed. This programme is therefore a crucial step to address these gaps and skills deficits in Ireland in the field of health data analytics.

The applications of Big Data in health permits national bodies to make meaningful, strategic adjustments that minimise costs and maximise results; with an ever growing population in Ireland and budgetary constraints in the delivery of health these two objectives are key for transforming the healthcare model in Ireland. The move towards capturing and utilising Big Data in transforming healthcare delivery approaches has been outlined in National Strategies for change published by the HSE and in healthcare across the World.

Entry Requirements

To qualify for entry onto this programme a standard applicant must hold a prior Level 6 qualification in a cognate area (typically Science or Engineering) or equivalent qualification. Applicants who may not have the aforementioned qualifications but who may have relevant industrial experience (typically 5 years duration in a GMP environment) may apply for consideration through the IT Sligo RPL (Recognised Prior Learning) process.

Long Description

Health information management technologists play a vital role in maintinaing medical information across sectors. Their role represents a continum of practice concerned with health-related information and management system to collect, store, process, retrieve, analyse, disseminate and communicate information related to research, planning, provision, financing and evaluating. The skills needed to deliver these tasks are limited in the current workforce and have been highlighted as priority areas in national strategic plans. There are currently limited opportunities for employees to engage with training modules that offer a comprehensive overview of the field of Health Informatics and Data Analysis.
With the rise in the use of technology, there is an ever-increasing interest in the healthcare sector to adopt Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the delivery of their services (such as infomration systems in personalized medicine, eHealth, telemedical and mHealth (mobile health) systems, etc.) in order to improve services to patients and address structural challenges in the health service. The role of medical and health information science in bridging the gaps between integrating IT systems across the healthcare sector and providing the necessary skills to implement, manage, audit and innovate within healthcare delivery systems has been highlighted as a pivotal buildig block in the implementation of Slaintecare as well as other HSE strategies including eHealth strategy and the Digital Transformation strategy.
The programme proposed intends to give participants the advanced applied skills to attain employment or provide rationale for career progression for those working in the sector and be responsible for maintaining, analysing and managing components of health information systems consistent with the medical, administrative, ethical, legal, accredited, and regulatory requirements of the healthcare delivery system. It will provide a Level 7 Certificate of Science qualification in Health Data Analytics affording an advanced level grounding in the applications of health data analytics.

Why Choose This Course

In order to respond to this challenge, coordinated efforts to address skills development needs of the eHealth sector and
the wider healthcare delivery model must be developed. This programme is therefore a crucial step to address these gaps and skills deficits in Ireland in the field of health data analytics. A recent article identified Ireland as a forerunner in innovation in digital health suggesting. "With its thriving digital health sector, Ireland is at the forefront of many
innovations, contributing to the development of global Medtech advancements. Additionanally, the government strategy for reform in the delivery and management of healthcare in Ireland, Slaintecare, identifies several building blocks necessary for its successful implementation. Among these are "Population Health Planning", "Service Redesign", "Infrastructure and eHealth", "Workforce Planning and Capacity Building" and "Accountability and Value for Money", all of which necessitate a skilled workforce trained in the area of health data analytics.


IT Sligo Springboard participants can avail of the services of the Careers office and the IT Careers Portal. The Careers officer provides guidance to students regarding their programme of study and career options. A virtual and campus based career fair occurs annually and students have access to employers and their current requirements. Students can attend live events where they can visit live interactive sessions with employers.
Students also have access to a postgraduate fair, which also occurs annually on campus. As part of this event, students will have an opportunity to attend CV Clinics and have their CV professionally checked by HR professionals. They can also attend seminars and lectures relating to career development, identifying target employers, how to connect with employers, collaborate effectively in groups and in identifying and applying on the job soft skills.
Students participate on a 'Personal effectiveness and employability' programme which is designed to enhance participants job readiness training. This is a 10 credit module and it has been designed to enhance the skills needed for effective engagement in the work place.
Online students also have access to “Studiosity” which delivers feedback from highly accredited subject specialists who are continually evaluated in order to maintain education and integrity standards. This feedback is conveyed via two modes, ‘Connect Live’ and ‘Writing Feedback’.
Connect Live offers assistance in real-time. Through this service, the student enters an interactive classroom and works with a subject specialist via chat, collaborative whiteboard, and file sharing.
Writing Feedback allows students to upload a specific file for more in-depth consideration. Through this service, students receive constructive feedback in less than 24 hours. Observations are a spotlight, showing students where they might focus attention and add more thought.
Writing Feedback is constructive, supportive feedback on academic writing, designed to help improve students writing skills. Studiosity is not a proof-reading service and doesn't change anything students have written. Neither does it provide advice on subject-related content. The feedback is only on academic writing, with a focus on spelling & grammar, structure, choice of language and referencing. IT Sligo will have complete transparency over every student interaction, including student transcripts.

IT Sligo also helps students get ahead in the world of work with an industry placement. Thanks to our close contacts and research collaborations with many companies and major employers, we can offer a wide variety of opportunities in destinations across the region and beyond.

Career Opportunities

The applications of Big Data in health permits national bodies to make meaningful, strategic adjustments that minimise costs and maximise results; with an ever growing population in Ireland and budgetary constraints in the delivery of health these two objectives are key for transforming the healthcare model in Ireland. The move towards capturing and utilising Big Data in transforming healthcare delivery approaches has been outlined in National Strategies for change published by the HSE and in healthcare across the World.
Our approach to the design and development of the programme involves substantial consultation with stakeholders such as HSE, HIQA, the pharma and medical device industry and other professionals involved in Health Informatics and Information Management. In being the first to offer a part-time online certificate programme in health data analytics in Ireland, IT Sligo has carved out a very strategic niche in the emerging field of health informatics in Ireland.

Timetable Info

To be confirmed

Delivery Location

Lectures are delivered live online and recorded so that participants can listen to them at a time that suits them.

Delivery Notes

Online

Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

Jean Gilligan

Address

IT Sligo
Ash Lane
Sligo

Phone

071 9305835

Email

springboardadmissions@itsligo.ie

RPL Information

Applicants wishing to apply for RPL must indicate this on their Springboard application.

Application Procedures

All applicants hoping to avail of Springboard funding must apply directly through the Springboard platform www.springboardcourses.ie

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