Digital Health

Course content

Digital health covers a wide range of health care products and services such as health and medical websites and platforms; decision algorithms, personal health apps, telemedicine and telehealth.  Digital health technology ranges from simple scheduling tools to digital interventions that can potentially replace pharmaceuticals, diagnostics, as well as a variety of health care interventions.

Digital health technology introduces new and innovative solutions for health care at the same time optimizing patient outcomes.  It provides the possibility for patients to gain more control over their treatment and become more sovereign in handling their own unique health care situation. Digital tools can change the patient pathways, the choice of interventions and the relationship between the actors in a treatment situation.

Patients play a central role due to improvements in self-monitoring and self-care made possible by real world data and new digital solutions. This situation requires new endpoints for measuring value, in order to demonstrate value to regulators, health care providers, patients and payers.

The course will address the following:

  • Introduction to Digital Health Care
  • Digital health practices – examples from the real world
  • Stakeholders, new players and new business models
  • Possibilities for collaboration between Big Tech, decision makers, practitioners and patients
  • Impact on patient relevant outcomes
  • Ethical concerns and transparency issues
  • The regulatory environment for digital tools
  • How digital tools are reimbursed by the public health care system
  • Big data and what it means for the future of healthcare
  • How COVD 19 is changing the trajectory for digital health
Education

Master of Industrial Drug Development - elective

Master of Medicines Regulatory Affairs - elective

The course is pre-approved as an elective course in the professional master's programmes: Master of Industrial Drug Development (MIND) and Master of Medicines Regulatory Affairs (MRA). It is also open to single course students who meet the admission criteria.

The course is offered under the Copenhagen Summer University (CSU).

 

Learning outcome

Upon completion of the course, participants will have gained the following knowledge, skills and competencies:

Knowledge

  • Acquire a basic vocabulary and understanding of digital health issues and solutions
  • Understand the ethical concerns and transparency issues of digital health
  • Understand the key steps in developing and implementing digital health solutions

 

Skills

  • Identify the key stakeholders, their interests and motivations
  • Discuss and evaluate rationales for and consequences of digital health solutions
  • Identify, evaluate and discuss ethical concerns

 

Competencies

  • Critically reflect upon digital health proposals and practices
  • Communicate specific issues and proposals for digital health with other specialists and stakeholders
  • Collaborate within a multi-disciplinary digital health project team

 

This is an intensive 5-day course. Teaching methods consist of a combination of lectures, group discussions, case studies, presentations, simulation exercises and panel discussions.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:
• A relevant bachelor degree or equivalent
• A minimum of 2 years of relevant job experience
• Proficiency in English

Oral
Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
ECTS
3 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment
A written assignment (essay) between 8 and 15 pages long based on an extended literature list.
Aid
All aids allowed
Marking scale
passed/not passed
Censorship form
No external censorship
Criteria for exam assessment

To achieve the grade passed, the participant shall (in an adequate level) be able to demonstrate:

Knowledge:

  • Describe and discuss the current and future developments for digital health care
  • Identify the regulatory challenges of digital health products and services
  • Discuss the pros and cons of home-based digital health solutions

 

Skills for:

  • Describing, assessing and discussing the various perspectives and potential conflicts of key stakeholders associated with digital health
  • Discussing and arguing for ethical guidelines regarding the use of patient data

 

Compentencies to:

  • As a professional, be able to participate in multidisciplinary teams and contribute to digital health projects from a critical and constructive perspective

Part time Master and Diploma courses

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 40
  • Preparation
  • 24
  • Exam
  • 20
  • English
  • 84