Letterkenny Institute of Technology has introduced a new Bachelor of Science Honours in Digital Healthcare.
Digital technology is dramatically influencing the global healthcare industry today and it will continue to do so for decades to come. In the UK, 65% of interactions with healthcare facilities will occur by mobile devices. Four out of five doctors use smartphones and medical apps and almost three quarters regularly access drug information via smartphones.
Wearable devices and apps that monitor exercise and sleep patterns for example are becoming increasingly common. The data gathered provides medical professionals with early warnings and often life saving information.
Given the complexity and budgetary constraints of the modern healthcare sector, there is a clear need to provide modern knowledge-driven infrastructure to support the healthcare sector. Letterkenny Institute of Technology introduced the New Bachelor of Science Honours in Digital Healthcare.
This innovative new programme is a multidisciplinary degree which has been developed by the Departments of Computing and Nursing and Healthcare with input from the Departments of Law and Humanities and Business Studies. This programme will provide students with the opportunity to develop their understanding of the field of ICT and its application to improving healthcare.
Students on the course will learn about computer systems, healthcare models, healthcare regulation and compliance, ethics, law, economic models, artificial intelligence, data analytics, physiology, programming, app development and healthcare systems design.
Digital Healthcare is important as it allows for better communications among healthcare professionals. It provides better communications with the patient and better patient access to information which facilitates patient centred care. It improves security and privacy when implemented correctly. It increases efficiency.
Thomas Dowling, Head of Department of Computing is delighted with the new course offering – “this programme provides students with the opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and excel in this fast-changing dynamic profession. Graduates from this new course will have plentiful career opportunities to choose from including Digital Healthcare IT Specialist, Data Scientists, Medical Data Architects, Healthcare Informatics, Project Management and Cyber Security to name but a few”.
Applications are now open for this programme on the CAO website. The course code is LY728. For further information contact Thomas Dowling, Head of Department of Computing – Thomas.Dowling@lyit.ie or visit: https://www.lyit.ie/CourseDetails/D202/LY_KDHLC_B/DigitalHealthcareTags: