Introduction to Health Informatics

| August 22, 2015

Introduction to Health Informatics
Assignment 1
History, Current Status and Future of Electronic Health Records (& PCEHR) leading to “Big
Data” for Healthcare Analytics in Clinical Decision Support Application.
6-8 pages (approximately)
Due Date:
Friday 28th August 2015 by 11:59pm (submitted online via vUWS Turnitin)

This is a research assignment aimed at demonstrating your understanding of the origins, current position and future
plans for electronic health records (EHR) in Australia and internationally. Further future directions should include
its role in big data analytics in clinical decision support systems. Consideration should also be given to the
Personally Controlled electronic health records (PCEHR) currently being defined by NEHTA.
You should use a variety of research sources (eg: books, journals, conference papers, websites, electronic databases)
to investigate and analyse:
? the history of EHR;
? the relationship of EHR to the PCEHR;
? the current strategy, use and implementation status of EHR/PCEHR (including implementation issues) and
? what future plans are in place to expand the implementation of EHRs and the PCEHR.
? future directions and its role in big data analytics in clinical decision support systems applications.

Your focus should be on the Australian position although it is expected that your submission will also compare the
local landscape to what has/is happening overseas.

Submissions will be assessed on:
? Type and variety of research sources used
? Demonstration of your understanding of the research material
? Coverage of all four areas
? Depth of comparison of EHR to the PCEHR in Australia and overseas
? Demonstration of your understanding of the critical implementation issues of EHR and the PCEHR
? Structure, format and quality of the writing

Marking Criteria and Standards


Type and variety of
research resources used

Excellent (HD ?? D)

Satisfactory (C?? P)

Un-satisfactory (F)

Extensive and varied
research resources are used.

Much of the required
research elements are
provided. May not be
extensive or may lack

Have not carried out any
research in sourcing

Proper referencing is given
to the resources

Proper references not
provided to the sources

Demonstration of
understanding of
research material

Excellent understanding of
the research material

A reasonable attempt at
understanding the research
material provided

Limited or poor
understanding of the
research material provided

Coverage of topic areas is
excellent and indicates
that student has carried
in-depth research
in sourcing answers

While the coverage
is good it does not show
that students have
extensive research in
sourcing answers

Poor coverage of topic

Outstanding in terms of
structure format and quality
of writing

While the structure and
quality of the writing is
good, could
have improved in
the report in a better way

Students have not made
any attempt to structure the
report in any formal way


Depth of coverage of
major topic areas

Structure format and
quality of writing

Some “cut and pasted”
is provided without
any flow or referencing

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