MSc in Health Care IT

General

Program Description

Medicine as high-tech-business

Modern medicine can be seen as a high-tech-business: Doctors and other health professionals are increasingly relying on software or technical devices to enhance the outcome for their patients. To make this possible, experts in Health Care IT are vital in providing the required skills in medical engineering and image Processing/health informatics. At the Master's degree study program ‘Health Care IT’ both areas are an integral part of education.

Technical aspects of health care IT

The program focuses on many technical aspects of Health Care IT, including Mobile System Development and Software Development. Active and Assisted Living (AAL) is another core element of the program that enables students to face the challenges of an aging society. They also learn about Software Consulting, Biomedical Engineering, Medical Device, and Medical Device Development.

Additional to theoretical input, students at the Master's degree study program ‘Health Care IT’ receive hands-on training in specialized laboratories. There they work in small groups. Health Care IT and Augmented Reality. In general, the program values personal support and mentoring. Teachers welcome their students with an open door policy.

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Profile

The Master degree study program “Health Care IT” enables graduates to successfully face the challenges in the healthcare sector. Equipped with technical and medical knowledge they are sought-after by a wide variety of potential employers in the health care industry. The program also prepares them for upcoming social issues like Active and Assisted Living (AAL) and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (iADL), which become more and more important as we are moving towards an aging society.

Students benefit from practical training in dedicated laboratories and work there in small groups. Two areas of specialization allowing them to further deepen their interests: Medical Engineering and Image Processing or Health Informatics can be chosen over the course of the degree program. Thanks to strengthening cooperation with the Health Care sector, the program is able to invite professionals and experts as guest lecturers.

Qualification requirements

The students of the School of Engineering & IT should demonstrate strengths in the following areas:

  • Technical understanding.
  • Reasoning power.
  • Good English, mathematics and computer skills.
  • Creativity.
  • Enjoyment of innovative developments.

Key learning outcomes

Graduates of the master degree program Health Care IT are able to:

  • Comprehend, analyze and remodel processes in medicine, nursing, and Management.
  • Develop and implement QM systems in healthcare.
  • Retrieve their detailed knowledge of the conception, design, and functionality of healthcare information systems in order to design such systems.
  • Describe the interaction of economics success, technology, processes and quality in healthcare.
  • Plan and use indicators for the implementation of corporate guidelines in the areas of procurement, planning, and development.
  • Present functioning, theoretical principles and technical implementation of medical devices.
  • List application possibilities of mobile systems in healthcare and analyze, conceptualize and design applications of such Systems.
  • Design, implement and evaluate medical studies in cooperation with the medic.

Job & career

Depending on the previous education (Bachelor of Medical Information Technology or a different IT Bachelor program) of our graduates, the career fields and qualification profile of a Health Care IT graduate will naturally vary. Characteristically for this Master degree, the following qualifications, skills and knowledge fall in the following areas:

General
  • Informatics and medical informatics
  • Medical engineering
  • Healthcare telematics
  • Telemedicine
  • Healthcare economics
  • Hospital Management
Organizational consulting
  • Process analysis & optimization in Health Care
  • Project management, change management
  • Business management methodology
Professional insight
  • Medical specialized vocabulary
  • Understanding of medical decision-making (diagnosis, therapies), clinical pathways
  • Understanding of care processes and care standards
  • Knowledge of generic hospital processes and information requirements of medicine, care and administration.
  • Quality management
  • Data analysis and evaluation
  • Statistics (SAS, etc.)
  • Basic understanding of the pharmaceutical industry
  • Clinical trials and studies
  • Understanding of the requirements in the areas of scientific research and logistics
Technology/IT
  • Development of an IT strategy and comprehension of the specific demands in hospitals (scalability, high accessibility, integration, etc.)
  • IT architecture
  • Interface standards (HL7, DICOM. IHE, CEN, etc.)
  • Medical engineering and medical devices
  • Management skills for IT supervisors
  • Knowledge of professional it processes (ITIL or ITPM – such as planning, operation, SLAs, etc.)
Last updated November 2019

About the School

Since its inception, the FH Kärnten has developed into a unique educational institution in Carinthia. Due to the constant further development of the study programs of the University of Applied Science ... Read More

Since its inception, the FH Kärnten has developed into a unique educational institution in Carinthia. Due to the constant further development of the study programs of the University of Applied Sciences Carinthia and intensive cooperation with industry and science, FH students are sure to have a future-oriented education on the pulse of the time. Read less
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