Course detail

Medical Information Systems

FEKT-FZISAcad. year: 2016/2017

The course is oriented to principles of information systems, database systems and query languages. It is focused on getting knowledge about patient data and computerized patient record. It dicuses a computer as a component of diagnostic, therapeutic, and administrative systems, hierarchy and function of medical information systems, speciality of ethics and security of medical data in information systmes.

Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The student will be able to:
- describe basic structures of medical information systems,
- explain fundamental terms of electronic health records,
- describe principle of basic methods for processing of data in information systems,
- discus advantages and disadvantages of the methods,
- work with clinical information system.


The student should be able to explain fundamental principles of data processing, should know basic terms of healthcare processes and should be oriented in basic knowledge of database systems. Generally, knowledge of mathematics on the level of Bachelor study is required.


Not applicable.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Techning methods include lectures and computer laboratories. Course is taking advantage of e-learning (Moodle) system. Students have to write projects/assignments during the course.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

up to 30 points from computer exercises (2 individual projects, 1 test)
up to 70 points from finel written exam
The exam is oriented to verification of orientation in terms of medical information systems and ability to define a structure of medical information systems.

Course curriculum

1. Czech health care organization and health care information systems.
2. Database systems, database models.
3. Computer as a part of diagnostic, therapeutic, and administrative systems.
4. Hospital information systems.
5. Hospital information systems based on a centralized or distributed database.
6. Computerized patient record, medical data.
7. Electronic Health Record - the concept of e-Health.
8. Communication between different information systems, data standards.
9. Principles of construction of hospital information systems.
10. Data security, specifics of ethics in medical information systems.
11. Accounting for health care.
12. Planning systems, call systems.
13. Management information systems.

Work placements

Not applicable.


The aim of the course is to inform students about principles of specification of medical data regarding its processing by diagnostic systems and medical information systems, provide information about structure of medical data representation, its role in diagnostic systems and concepts of medical information systems.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Computer exercises are obligatory. Excused absence can be substituted.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

MUNZ, J. Informační technologie ve zdravotnictví - Informační systémy. ČVUT Praha, 2011. ISBN 978-80-01-04720-0. (CS)
ŠPUNDA, M., DUŠEK, J. a kol. Zdravotnická informatika. Karolinum, Praha, 2007. (CS)
BEAVER, K. Healthcare Information Systems, Second Edition (Best Practices). Auerbach Publications, 2002. ISBN 978-0849314988. (EN)
KASAL, P., SVAČINA, Š. Lékařská informatika. Karolinum, Praha, 1998. (CS)

Recommended reading

Not applicable.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme BTBIO-F Master's

    branch F-BTB , 1. year of study, winter semester, compulsory

  • Programme EEKR-CZV lifelong learning

    branch ET-CZV , 1. year of study, winter semester, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Organization of Czech health service, data being processed in a health care system
2. Choice of a correct database, problems of large databases' processing
3. Differencies between various health care information systems
4. Hospital information system, build-up of HIS - one of the most difficult tasks of medical informatics
5. HIS with centralized and with distributed databases
6. Information coding, National Health IS master files (coding lists), medical information coding, nomenclature, WHO coding systems
7. Electronic patient record, alternative free text processing
8. Communication between different IS, data standards, Czech standard for medical data transmission, standard HL-7, standard DICOM
9. General rules of large HIS build-up
10. Data security from various points of view, database backup and archiving
11. Use of Internet for medical informatics, Czech project IZIP, Document Imaging Systems
12. Planning systems, Scheduling, electronic questionaries in medical informatics
13. Management and decission support information systems

Exercise in computer lab

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer